Ubuntu: Collaboration for African Development Conference at Yale University

Yale University

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) participated in the “Ubuntu: Collaboration for African Development” Conference hosted by the Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development (YAAPD) at Yale University.

The event brought together students, professionals, and companies within the education, governance, entrepreneurship, and entertainment industries to discuss solutions to the development challenges facing the continent.

Presentations and panels were led by key actors in government, finance, and education from across Africa, including Donald Kaberuka, the 7th president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group; Samira Bawumia, the second lady of the Republic of Ghana; and Sidee Dlamini, the head of recruiting for the African Leadership University.

The conference encouraged institutional collaboration and fostered an environment to address educational reform and the role of women in government, as well as to promote innovative entrepreneurship alongside other development objectives on the continent.

APN program assistant Jennifer Sherys-Rivet participated in the conference’s career fair for students and budding researchers interested in peacebuilding in Africa. The event provided an opportunity to inform undergraduate students and early-career researchers about the APN’s work towards making African peacebuilding knowledge more accessible to researchers, journalists, key policymakers, and practitioners. The event also served as a great opportunity for the APN to reach a wider audience of potential applicants for future grant competitions.  The Ubuntu Conference also provided a platform to showcase the program’s publications and achievements as it continues with the task of building a network of African scholars and practitioners working in peacebuilding