Kujenga Amani is produced by the African Peacebuilding Network to provide listeners with informative commentary by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of African peacebuilding.
Recorded at various workshops, conferences, and meetings organized by the APN, these podcasts are disseminated with the intention of mapping emerging challenges and responding to knowledge and policy gaps, while simultaneously connecting peacebuilding conversations within Africa to those in other parts of the world in an open and constructive manner.
The APN is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Our guest today is Dr. Monde Muyangwa, an expert on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Africa, democracy and governance, gender, US foreign policy, and the African Union. She currently serves as the director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center where she leads programs designed to analyze and offer effective, practical solutions to Africa’s most pressing current and future issues.
For the latest installment of the African Peacebuilding Network’s Kujenga Amani podcast, we sat down with Search for Common Ground’s vice president of programs, Lena Slachmuijlder, to discuss how Search for Common Ground measures the impact of its work; the organization’s unique approach to peacebuilding that emphasizes practical, hands-on, grassroots-focused methods; and how to build synergies between researchers, local practitioners, and communities.
Paul D. Williams
Since the founding of the African Union (AU) in 2002, its role in promoting peace and security on the continent has evolved considerably. We spoke to Paul D. Williams about the history of the AU’s peace and security institutions, the factors shaping the future of African peace operations, and his personal experiences researching and writing about the AU.
Paul D. Williams is a professor of Security Policy Studies at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs.
Séverine Autesserre: Local Peacebuilding in the DRC
International peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected countries, including the DRC, typically prioritize top-down approaches. We spoke with Séverine Autesserre, a professor of Political Science at Barnard College, about the overall impact of international peacebuilding efforts in the DRC, the difficulty of building peace from the top down and without input from the intended beneficiaries, and the potential for local peacebuilding efforts to transform conflict situations in the DRC and beyond.
Ambassador Macharia Kamau on Multilateral Diplomacy, Peacebuilding, and Development
Ambassador Macharia Kamau is Kenya’s Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and immediate former Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations. We spoke to Ambassador Kamau in New York about the changing dynamics of multilateral diplomacy, his time on the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and recent political developments in Kenya.
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