Enhancing South-South Cooperation: Promoting African responses to peacebuilding in Africa

Led by Øystein H. Rolandsen

Jun 2016 – Dec 2018

The continuation and re-emergence of conflict has demonstrated the need for more effective peacebuilding strategies. Adding to the multitude of traditional peacebuilding actors on the ground, there are growing expectations for the role of African actors, sub-regional organisations, and South-South Cooperation (SSC) more generally, in responding to challenges faced by countries coming out of conflicts.

We need to understandi better how African actors and sub-regional organisations can help support, influence and enhance peacebuilding processes. It is also unclear how these responses should be integrated with established peacebuilding approaches in a manner that utilises each actor's comparative advantage.

This project investigates African actors and sub-regional African organisations approaches to peacebuilding practices and their potential for facilitating sustainable peace in Africa. More specifically, the project will: 

  • Test African actors and sub-regional organisations peacebuilding assumptions and responses in selected countries;
  • Investigate the comparative advantages of these actors, particularly from the angle South-South Cooperation; and
  • Use these to influence more effective international peacebuilding policies in Africa.

The project is led by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), in partnership with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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