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UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers Graduated

In 2014, nine UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers graduated. They are Tariro Mutongwizo, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Djou Josiane Tousse, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon; Solomon Asiimwe, Nkumba University, Uganda; Abdiwasa Abdilahi, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Collins Adu-Bempah Brobbey, University of Ghana; Camille Welepele Elatre, Université de Kisangani, DRC; Carlos Shenga, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Damaris Nyaboke Manyange, University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Micheal Jana, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

damarisDr. Damaris Nyaboke Manyange, graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Studies from the University of Nairobi in December 2014. Dr. Manyange is a Kenyan national and one of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers. Her diseration is entitled, “The Paradigm Shift in Rethinking of National & Regional Security Strategy in East Africa On the benefit of the Doctoral Research grant, Dr. Manyange said,

“The award enabled me to travel to Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda during my data collection phase. It was also vital in settling my tuition fees at the University of Nairobi and meeting other research expenses. Through the two training workshops, I was also able to enhance my knowledge and skills in research and publication. I was also able to publish a policy brief and awaiting publication of my journal article in the December 2014 edition of the Africa Peace and Conflict Journal (APCJ). The award also exposed me to a network of researchers, alumni of UPEACE/IDRC awards and African academics drawn from various universities, with whom I was able to interact, learn and share experiences. I hope to continue relating with most of them through this network. Professionally, I’m more grounded on research and publication an asset which is critical in my endeavour as an academic and researcher in peace and security issues in the continent.”

Dr. Manyange is a serving as Lecturer at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS), University of Nairobi, Kenya.


michaelOn 10 December 2014, Dr. Michael Jana, one of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers graduated with a Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Political Studies from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Dr. Jana is a citizen of Malawi and his dissertation is entitled, “Unpacking the political legitimacy of parliament in an emerging Democracy: The case of Malawi 1994 to 2011”. On the benefit of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Dr. Jana stated,

"The Award contributed significantly to my professional development through facilitating the attainment of my PhD and offering me opportunities to publish. I won the grant at the right time, when I was finalizing fieldwork, analyzing and writing up my thesis. The award provided me the needed funds to finalize fieldwork and process my data. I also benefited from the research and publication workshops, where we discussed relevant theoretical and methodological issues, which helped me cope with the technical demands of writing my PhD thesis. I also value the publication opportunities provided by the award. I published a journal article entitled, “The Domino Legitimacy Crisis in African Democratic Institutions: Lessons from Malawi’ on the Africa Peace and Conflict Journal (APCJ), Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, pp. 91-104 and a policy brief on, “Strengthening the Legitimacy of the Malawi Parliament – A Policy Brief’ Governance and Security Policy in Africa” on the University for Peace Africa Policy Series, Vol. 1 No. 1, December 2013, pp. 81-90. Furthermore, I have submitted a book chapter for publication in a forthcoming book."

Dr. Jana is currently serving as Lecturer at Chancellor College, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi.



In October 2014, Dr. Solomon Asiimwe graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Security Sector Management from Nkumba University, Uganda. Dr. Asiimwe’s dissertation entitled, “Intelligence oversight mechanisms in the protection of democracy: The case of the Internal Security organization of Uganda.” He is a national of Uganda and one of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers. On the benefit of the research grant, Dr. Asiimwe stated,

“My Thesis is dedicated to UPEACE and IDRC. The UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award greatly contributed towards completion of my PhD studies in a record time of three years due to the financial support I got to undertake my field work, analysis and write up. I also attended two research methodology and publication workshops, which helped me to refine my research as well as enhance my publication skills. The opportunity was not only useful in my PhD studies but also made me a better teacher at my University. This is a life time academic gift to me personally, Nkumba University and my country, Uganda”

Dr. Asiimwe is currently serving as Lecturer in Nkumba University, located in his country, Uganda.


TariroDr. Tariro Mutongwizo graduated with a Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Law from the University of Cape Town in June 2014. Dr. Mutongwizo is a Zimbabwean national and was one of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers. Her dissertation is entitled, “Contours of Non-State Governance: Encountering States in South Africa and Zimbabwe.” On the benefits of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Dr. Mutongwizo said,

“The fellowship supported my professional development in many ways. For instance, the two writing workshops enhanced my research skills and improved my knowledge and awareness of governance and peace and security issues in Africa. I benefitted greatly by learning more about the various methods and avenues of conducting and publishing research which is valuable for my professional career. The diverse group of UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers and the knowledgeable facilitators enriched and broadened my understanding of issues of governance and security in Africa in limitless ways. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to present a paper at the ‘International Symposium on Peace, Governance, and Security in Africa’, which was also useful for networking and engaging with an international audience. I am immensely grateful to UPEACE-IDRC for facilitating the remarkable mentorship from Professor. Mucha Musemwa. The support UPEACE-IDRC gave me is priceless. It assisted me greatly in completing my PhD, fostering valuable networks and improving my research and professional skills. Once again, thank you!”

Currently, Dr. Mutongwizo is working as Senior Researcher at the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, South Africa.


CollinsDr. Collins Adu-Bempah Brobbey graduated from the University of Ghana with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in African Studies. Dr. Adu-Bempah Brobbey’s dissertation is entitled, “Neopatrimonialism and the Process of Democratic Consolidation in Ghana's Fourth Republic: 1992-2008” He is a national of Ghana and one of the UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Researchers. On the benefit of the Doctoral Research Award, he stated:

“Sincerely, words cannot sufficiently express my appreciations to UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award. It came at the right time since I nearly gave up due to financial challenges. The Award programme was also quite helpful in building my academic capacity and enabling me to expand my frontiers of knowledge. The knowledge I acquired from the workshops on methodology, writing skills, and publications has actually improved my teaching, research and publications skills. I give credit to the Award for facilitating the publications of my six (6) articles in world accredited peer reviewed journals and eight (8) other articles pending publication in various journals. The Award also contributed immensely to the successful completion of my PhD, my elevation to higher positions in my Institute as well as provided me with platform of networking with fellow African researchers. I am indeed very privileged to be a laureate of UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award”

Currently, Dr. Adu-Bempah Brobbey is a Senior Lecturer /Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana.


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