Building Peace and Security Research Capacity in Eastern Africa

As the region most affected by conflict, Africa needs to acquire knowledge and expertise in the field of peace and security. This project aims to create a network of peace and security researchers from academic institutions, research centres and civil society organizations. Through research, information dissemination and dialogue, the network will inform policy, mediate political conflicts, and prevent the initiation and escalation of violent conflict.

The University for Peace (UPEACE) Africa will provide institutions and individuals with training workshops in the area of peace and security. In a practical component, participants will develop proposals and carry out research projects. Selected papers from the project will be featured in three special editions of Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, a UPEACE publication.

The research findings will also be disseminated to stakeholders such as governments, regional organizations and civil society.

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Start Date

Friday, November 2, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Karuru, Njeri

Total funding

CA$ 770,700


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Jean-Bosco Butera


University for Peace

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