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UPEACE-IDRC PhD Fellows attended ‘Semester Abroad’ Programme in Canada

From September – December 2014, Mr. Kingsley Orievulu and Mr. Timothy Obaje, UPEACE-IDRC PhD Fellows attended a ‘semester abroad’ programme in Canada at Dalhousie University and University of Waterloo respectively. The semester abroad programme is part of the UPEACE-IDRC PhD Fellowships, which supports the PhD Fellows to produce high quality dissertation that has policy relevance through extra support from Canadian universities.


Mr. Timothy Obaje (UPEACE-IDRC PhD Fellow, 2012) attended his semester abroad programme at the University of Waterloo, Canada from September – December 2014. Mr. Obaje is a Nigerian citizen pursing his PhD studies in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. His PhD thesis is titled, “Agents of Peace or Violence: A Critical Appraisal of Youth Participation in the Peace-building Processes in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria (2000 – 2010)”.

During his stay at the University of Waterloo, Mr. Obaje completed the fourth chapter of his thesis and is in an advance stage with the fifth chapter of his PhD dissertation. He also presented his research findings at the Centre for Peace Advancement’s colloquium known as “Peace Talk”. Peace Talk is a forum designed to enhance critical engagement with peace related concepts and initiatives. Additionally, he participated in some graduate students’ weekly seminar, workshops and trainings. These opportunities provided him a platform for profound engagement with renowned scholars and researchers in his field. At the University of Waterloo, he is attached to the Conrad Grebel University College, working under the guidance of Prof. Lowell M. Ewert.

On the benefit of the semester abroad programme, Mr. Obaje said,

“the program was of great value to me as it provided me the space and resources that support deep reflection and nurturing of my ideas. Additionally, it granted me access to a variety of world class technologies and human resources both Conrad Grebel University College and at the University of Waterloo at large. My participation at the Centre for Peace Advancement weekly seminars, trainings and workshops equips me with tools needed to be effective agent of positive change in my society. I am confident that the experiences and knowledge gained from the semester abroad program will add substantive value to the existing wealth of knowledge and experiences in my immediate society, the African continent and global society.”

Mr. Obaje expects to finish his PhD studies in 2015.


KingsleyFrom September – December 2014, Mr. Kingsley Orievulu (UPEACE-IDRC PhD Fellow, 2012) attended his semester abroad programme at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Mr. Orievulu is a Nigerian citizen, pursing his PhD studies in development studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His PhD research focuses on, “Food Security and the Politics of Development Partnership: A case of the World Bank-assisted National FADAMA Development Project in Rivers State, Nigeria.”

During his stay at Dalhousie University, Mr. Orievulu actively engaged in analysing his data and writing up chapters of his research thesis on the Fadama project in Nigeria. At Dalhousie University, he was attached to the Department of Political Science, working under Prof. Peter Arthur who is an African Expert and lectures on Comparative Development Administration with a strong focus on Africa.

On the benefit of the semester abroad programme, Mr. Orievulu said:

“The Semester abroad was really enriching and empowering. The lectures, project management training workshops and direct engagement with my advisor, and other scholars within my writing group in the POLSI programme, have all were very useful for me in boosting my capacity even more as I continue to engage with academic research and increase my academic support networks. Ultimately, the semester abroad programme afforded me the opportunity to appreciate the broader nature of development (planning and practice) following the nature and scope of scholarship within this socio-political and economic context which differs significantly from the African setting. It has been a very rewarding experience so far and I remain grateful to UPEACE and IDRC for this opportunity.”

Mr. Orievulu expects to finish his PhD studies in 2015.

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