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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.

Kujenga Amani: Peacebuilding in Africa African Peacebuilding Network

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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.

    Monde Muyangwa

    Monde Muyangwa

    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. Among these initiatives is the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding, a consortium of research and policy organizations from across Africa. The network seeks to foster local knowledge production and dialogue, and to increase the visibility of African perspectives on peacebuilding within the U.S. policy arena.
    Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she served as Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University for 11 years. She also worked as the Director of Research and then Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Summit of Africa as well as Director of International Education Programs at New Mexico Highlands University. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Freedom House and previously served on the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
     

    • 25 min
    Lena Slachmuijlder

    Lena Slachmuijlder

    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, an accomplished journalist, editor, human rights defender, director, producer, performing artist, cultural facilitator, trainer, and project manager with over twenty-five years of experience in peacebuilding.
    Lena joined us 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.

    • 27 min
    Paul D. Williams

    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. Compared with its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, the AU has played a more active role in peacekeeping and peace support operations.
    For the third episode of the APN’s Kujenga Amani podcast, we sat down with Paul D. Williams, a professor of Security Policy Studies at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. He is an expert in the politics and effectiveness of peace operations, the dynamics of war and peace in Africa, emerging threats in international security, and has published extensively on the peace and security architecture of the African Union.
    Professor Williams spoke with us about the history of the African Union’s peace and security institutions, the factors shaping the future of African peace operations, and his personal experiences researching and writing about the African Union.
     

    • 34 min
    Séverine Autesserre: Local Peacebuilding in the DRC

    Séverine Autesserre: Local Peacebuilding in the DRC

    International peacebuilding efforts in conflict-affected countries, including the DRC, typically prioritize top-down approaches. According to Séverine Autesserre—an expert on peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and African politics—international peace organizations rarely tap into local knowledge and expertise or consider the voices of local communities.
    For episode 2 of the APN (SSRC) Kujenga Amani podcast, 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.

    • 32 min
    Ambassador Macharia Kamau on Multilateral Diplomacy, Peacebuilding, and Development

    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.
    He has also served as Chairperson of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, UNICEF Executive Board President, Co-Chair of the General Assembly Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and as co-facilitator of the post-2015 Development Agenda.
    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.

    • 15 min

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