Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

A Call for Constructive Engagement: Youth, Violence, and Peacebuilding in the Mano River Basin Area

For the last six decades, political elites have disadvantaged, marginalized, and infantilized young people in the Mano River Basin, a region comprising Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the 1980s many youths in this region found themselves unemployed and in search of a means of survival, identity, and a place in their society. […]

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Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

Transforming Youth Anti-Crime Networks into Job Opportunities in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The dangers associated with the youth unemployment crisis in Africa have often been linked to political violence and civil unrest, with some experts referring the current situation on the continent as a “ticking time bomb.” A World Bank survey in 2011 showed that roughly forty percent of those who joined rebel movements claim they were […]

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Viewpoint | September 26, 2017

Life as an APN Alumnus: An Interview with Dr. Ibrahim Bangura

The Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ibrahim Bangura, an APN Alumnus (IRG 2016) and lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. The interview was conducted at the International Studies Association’s 2017 Annual Convention, on […]

Dr. Ibrahim Bangura giving a presentation. Both hands are extended and there is an orange wall in the background.
South Africa | August 29, 2017

KhoiSan Rastafarianism: A Path to Peace in the Western Cape, South Africa

To the untrained eye, Rastafarians represent an alien culture of violent and unkempt ganja-smoking individuals who seek to wreak havoc in their communities. However, on the contrary, Rastafarianism is one of the most novel religious and social movements to come out of the African Diaspora in the twenty-first century. At its founding in Jamaica, the […]

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