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2013 UPEACE-IDRC PHD DOCTORAL RESEARCH AWARDS
The Africa Programme of the University for Peace (UPEACE) has a research grant from The Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support doctoral research for African students pursuing their PhD studies at Universities in Sub Saharan Africa and who are in the final stage of their PhD studies. The award is intended to support the PhD candidates in their field research, data analysis, associated travel, and production costs. In addition, part of the award may be used to access updated scholarly materials and disseminate research findings through publications and conference presentations. The maximum award is US $10,000 per eligible student. A total of fifteen (15) awards will granted.
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Final Reports Section
A new section has been added to the UPEACE Africa Programme web site listing all final reports form various activities over the past few years. Reports from 2005 - 2007 are already available online and further reports will be loaded over the coming few days. Click here to visit.
Peace, Conflict and Development in Africa: A Reader.
This book is part of a series produced by UPEACE and various institutional partners designed to facilitate access to critical, published writings on peace and conflict Africa, where the availability of materials is often limited. With a strong emphasis on work produced by Africans, the reader offers a compilation of key academic writings, reports and official documents from the United Nations and nongovernmental organisations, many of which are extracted texts on the peace, conflict and development nexus. The reader offers value for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers who are aiming to better understand and constructively engage this nexus.
Several years in the making, the reader reviews thinking and practice globally, and in Africa specifically. With introductory reflections to the chapters by leading scholars, integrated issues of peace, conflict and development are examined, focusing on themes that include: the political economy of conflict; the economic dimensions of peace and recovery; economic policy, conflict and peace; strategies and impacts of international aid; demilitarization and human security; conflict sensitivity and conflict prevention; social mobilization for peace, and African institutions.
The UPEACE reader series is an integral part of the Africa Programmeâ€™s central mission, which is to stimulate and strengthen peace and conflict studies in Africa through teaching, training, research, and service to community.
Environment and Conflict in Africa: Refelctions on Darfur
Edited by Marcel Leroy, UPEACE Africa Programme
Publication date October 2009, 404 pages.
This volume examines climate and ecological changes in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how these relate to conflicts on the continent. Particular attention is paid to environmental and livelihood aspects of the crisis in Darfur. Conclusions are drawn regarding peace-building in areas facing resource constraints.
The book includes research conducted in-house at UPEACE Africa in Addis Ababa under a project funded by the Preventive Diplomacy Programme of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also included are twenty-five contributed papers that are based on presentations made at a conference which was organized by the project in Addis Ababa 20 to 23 July 2009.
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Peace Research for Africa: Critical Essays on Methodology
Authors: Erin McCandless and Abdul Karim Bangura
Editors: Mary E. King and Ebrima Sall
Research in the field of peace and conflict studies needs to improve the quality and relevance of knowledge by and for Africa.
This requires a healthy debate over appropriate methodologies and epistemological approaches, the linkage between theory and application as policy, and the ways in which peace and conflict studies research can be usefully compared to that in other fields. This is important for bridging the gap between the study of peace and conflict resolution issues and on-the-ground peace-building activities in Africa, relating the theory and empirical research to the practical needs of practitioners and decision makers. Such research should offer both a conceptual foundation of applicable and operational theory and case study examples that address ways in which political, economic, and social factors influence conflicts in Africa. More..
Compendium of key human rights documents of the African Union
Arabic Edition - 2007
This is the Arabic translation of Heyns and Killander (eds) Compendium of key human rights documents of the African Union, published in French as Sélection de Documents-Clé de l’Union Africaine Relatifs aux Droits de l’Homme. More..
Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict—Africa
In meetings by faculty and staff of the University for Peace at more than fifty universities and five hundred non-governmental organizations in Africa during 2002 and 2003, educators across the continent lamented the dearth of materials on the subject of nonviolent struggle in Africa. An historian at the University of Natal at Durban, however, spoke with pride of ‘South Africa’s strong indigenous tradition of nonviolent struggle—the tradition of Gandhi, Lithuli, and Biko’, referring to Mohandas K. Gandhi, who developed his formative principles during twenty-one years spent in South Africa, the Zulu chief and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli, and the anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko. In 2004, Nigerian youth leaders attending a forum in Abuja, Nigeria, fervently requested books to help them learn how to fight for justice without violence: ‘All we ever hear is violence’, said one, ‘some teachers even tell us that what Nigeria needs is more violence’. In response, and as a direct outgrowth of a 2005 workshop in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on nonviolent transformation of conflict, the Africa Programme of the University for Peace is pleased to offer four publications on nonviolent struggle. More....
Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Africa: A Reader
Editor:Christof Heyns and Karen Stefiszyn
This Reader contains materials on human rights, peace and justice relevant to Africa, extracted from academic writings, reports from the United Nations and non-governmental organisations, speeches, official documents, national constitutions and human right cases. Where possible, material from Africa has been selected. More..
Compendium of Key Documents relating to Peace and Security in Africa
Editor: Monica Juma
Assistant editors: Rafael Velásquez García & Brittany Kesselman
This Compendium contains key official documents on peace and security in Africa covering the period between 1963 and the end of 2005. The Compendium is part of an evolving Series on Peace and Conflict in Africa published by the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE). The main objective of the Series is to make material which can be used by African universities in courses dealing with issues of peace readily accessible to lecturers, students and researchers. More..