Viewpoint | April 21, 2017

Insecurity, Conflict, and Militancy in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions

Throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Africa, many communities are struggling under the strain of new patterns of violence that emerged after the Arab Spring as well as episodic cycles of violence that have resurfaced every few years for several decades. The following piece offers key takeaways from a series of recent events—a forum […]

Jimam Lar, Joel Nwokeoma, and Amy Niang on the dais at the Conference on Militancy and Conflict in the Sahel and Maghreb
Radar | April 7, 2017

Whither Peacebuilding Initiatives? The Escalation of Herder-Farmer Conflicts in Nigeria

There is a growing trend towards episodic, low-intensity conflicts across Nigeria, particularly in its north-central and southern zones. These conflicts often involve nomadic Fulani herdsmen and sedentary agricultural communities,1 and result in the unmitigated decimation and sacking of rural communities. Herder-farmer conflicts have escalated in the last decade and assumed a deadly dimension over the […]

Cattle in Ta Kuti village, Niger State, Nigeria
Viewpoint | May 12, 2016

The Role of Journalists in Improving Media Coverage of Conflict and Peacebuilding in West Africa

“Journalists should let the stories tell themselves; if you tell a compelling story, people will get it. They just have to trust that people will get it and be moved enough to do something.”

Photo credit to Dagan Rossini. Taken on March 30, 2016. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Journalists from across West Africa participated in a media training workshop in Accra, Ghana, with support from the African Peacebuilding Network.
Viewpoint | August 18, 2015

APN Grantee on the Future of Democracy and Peace in West Africa

The following is an interview with APN 2013 grantee Professor Oluwafunmilayo J. Para-Mallam, on the sidelines of a policy dialogue jointly organized by the African Peacebuilding Network (APN), the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) West Africa, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The event, which took place in Abuja, Nigeria, July 27–28, 2015, highlighted the current state of democracy, peace, and stability in West Africa. It also examined the role ECOWAS has played in the region and the challenges it faces, and offered practical suggestions to consolidating peace and democracy in the future.

Photo credit to APN program associate Dagan Rossini. Taken on July 28, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US.
APN 2013 grantee Professor Oluwafunmilayo J. Para-Mallam at the APN-CDD-ECOWAS policy dialogue on the future of democracy and peace in West Africa.
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