African Peacebuilding Network (APN) staff attended a baseline study review workshop held June 26–27, 2014, at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop brought together African researchers, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss working papers that were jointly commissioned by the ALC-APN working group on Leadership and Peacebuilding in Africa and the ALC’s International Development Research Cooperation (IDRC)–supported Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa project. The ultimate goals of these two projects are to train the next generation of scholars to produce African knowledge and understand the importance of knowledge-sharing, to strengthen the connections among scholarly and practitioner communities on the continent, and to build on the methodological capacities of individual scholars.
Reviewed writings focused on the reframing of statebuilding and peacebuilding narratives in Africa, using several case studies, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Over the course of the two-day workshop, research teams—composed of junior and senior scholars—presented their works-in-progress and were offered insight for refining their research questions by workshop participants. The authors included in this baseline review varied from those preparing for fieldwork to those presenting initial findings.
Papers focused on two central questions: how does leadership in Africa relate to peacebuilding and how—and in what ways—are peacebuilding and statebuilding connected? Themes covered ranged from peacebuilding and the emergence of women in leadership, to conflict early-warning systems, to institutional and non-institutional approaches to peacebuilding.
The workshop was supported by the International Development Research Cooperation.
Location: African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya