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African Peacebuilding Network

March 23, 2012

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce the launch of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN), a program to support independent African research on conflict-affected countries and neighboring regions of the continent and the integration of African knowledge into broader global policy discussions.

The APN responds to the critical need for policy-relevant research on peacebuilding in Africa that is generated by and reflects the knowledge of scholars working on the continent by facilitating the building of a new Africa-based network to develop scholarly capacity and researcher connections.

Supported by a $1.7 million grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the APN aims to strengthen the contributions of African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working in or near areas highly affected by conflict. By connecting these scholars and networks with policymaking communities around the world, as well as with one another, the APN will help to expand access to their research by the United Nations and multilateral, regional, and national policymaking institutions.

The APN‘s mandate will extend throughout sub-Saharan Africa and will include activities managed with and held at other institutions, including the African Leadership Center (ALC), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and the African Union (AU), as well as other academic research centers and policy organizations as the network expands.

Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers and their respective institutions will benefit from a series of activities offered by the APN, including symposia, workshops, and seminars; editorial and professional-development support, competitions for research grants, and other targeted financial assistance; and field-mapping and assessment projects. In addition, the APN will publish or disseminate a range of relevant books, articles, research guides, and other resources.

To facilitate connections between African researchers and those in global centers of scholarly and policy excellence, the APN will also organize New York City–based activities that connect its work to international institutions and non-governmental organizations. These activities will include policy briefings and seminars and the commissioning and dissemination of state-of-the-art syntheses, articles, and white papers and otherwise work to improve communication between African researchers and practitioners and the rest of the peacebuilding field as well as between researchers and international policy professionals and organizations.

The APN complements ongoing SSRC programs with an Africa emphasis, notably the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowship program.

For more information on the African Peacebuilding Network and our Research Grants Competition opening in early April, please contact: apn@ssrc.org.

Program Director
Cyril Obi