The APN, in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), held a two-day regional Media Training Workshop on the theme: “Improving Media Coverage of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa.” The workshop, facilitated by APN Alumnus and NUST lecturer Dr. Admire Mare (IRG 2013), is part of a series of media practitioner training workshops organized by the APN, following earlier ones held in West and East Africa. It brought together journalists, media practitioners, and academics from Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Two additional APN Alumni, Dr. Rose Jaji (IRG 2017) and Dr. Stanley Tsarwe, participated and gave presentations at the workshop, which built on similar workshops organized by the APN in East and West Africa.
The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) held a three-day training workshop on writing and dissemination for its 2017 cohort of Individual Research Grant (IRG) recipients in Rabat, Morocco from December 11–13. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the African Institute for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (AIPECT), an independent Moroccan NGO working to enhance peace pathways in Africa.
Towards a stronger UN-AU partnership in PSOs: On 6 July 6, 2017, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC) organized a workshop at the African Union (AU) on "Partnerships and Financing of PSOs in Africa." The workshop aimed to explore gaps in the management of Peace Support Operations (PSOs) on the continent, by assessing current collaborations and financing arrangements. "Based on the trends and subject to receiving 25% of the peace fund from member states, the AU will be able to finance operations that last for 6 months and involve about 10,000 personnel; limiting the need to collaborate only to missions that require combat operations and with no exit strategy in sight," Dr. Okeke said.
The Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security (CMDPS), Rongo University, Rongo, in collaboration with the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) sponsored a two-day Regional Peace Journalism Workshop for East Africa, in Kisumu, Kenya.