Across the world armed conflict has declined but in Africa, the impact of latent tensions and active conflicts is still devastating. In 2015, nine of the UN’s 16 ongoing peacekeeping missions were in Africa, and the African Union (AU) ran two of its own missions on the continent.
At the same time, Africa is no longer just a consumer of peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts. Thirty-four African nations contribute military experts, troops and police to UN peacekeeping operations, and five of the top 10 contributing nations in the world are African.
How successful have these efforts been, and are those involved learning lessons to improve on their peacebuilding operations in Africa? This seminar will assess the state of peacebuilding in Africa and the effectiveness of international players like the United States, the AU, ECOWAS and other regional organisations. Speakers will identify trends and discuss best practices and innovations in peacebuilding, including conflict prevention and mediation. Recommendations for better partnerships to support peacebuilding on the continent will be made.
This event is co-hosted with the Wilson Center Africa Program, the Human Sciences Research Council, the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of Pretoria Department of Political Science, as part of the 2016 Southern Voices Network Annual Conference.
Chair: Dr Monde Muyangwa, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Dr Raymond Gilpin, Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, US Department of Defense
- Oury Traoré, International Senior Consultant, Madiba Institute for Leadership in West Africa
- Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, ISS