The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) held its second grantee training workshop at the APN Hub in the African Leadership Centre (ALC), in Nairobi from 26-29 August 2013. APN’s twenty-three research grantees were reunited exactly eight months after they had first met at the first training workshop on research methods. The second workshop focused on strengthening the capacity of grantees to prepare and publish their research results in high-quality and globally visible publications and media.
Five editors of highly reputable international peer-reviewed academic journals in African studies and peacebuilding participated in the three-day event as the keynote speakers and training session leaders. They were Rita Abrahamsen of African Affairs, Tony Karbo of African Peace and Conflict Journal, Abu Bakarr Bah of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, 'Funmi Olonisakin who is an editorial board member of Conflict, Security, and Development, and Maxi Schoeman of Strategic Review for Southern Africa. Each of them mentored three to five grantees in group settings and one-on-one sessions to facilitate in-group discussions and constructive feedback. It was also an opportunity for grantees to finalize their pre-workshop draft articles; to hone their writing skills; to learn more about the publication guidelines of international peer-reviewed journals; the expectations of journal and book editors; and other dissemination strategies based on new media and open access publications. Raoul Kamadjeu of the Open Access Pan-African Medical Journal also gave a lecture, as well as Zachary Zinn of the SSRC on “Social Media and Knowledge Dissemination.”
The closing plenary of the workshop was facilitated by Dr. Godwin Murunga, deputy director of the ALC.