10 Years of Building Capacity for Peace in Africa


UPAP staff members have participated in teaching activities conducted at different partner universities.

Since 2010, Dr. Jean-Bosco Butera, Director of the Africa Programme is a facilitator in the Executive Master’s Programme in Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA) offered by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia. MPSA is designed to offer in depth training on African peace and security issues to professionals working in different regional organizations. This course has been developed in partnership with the African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Department and is part of a wider institutional partnership between IPSS and the African Union (AU).

Dr. Jean-Bosco Butera also teaches a course on Peacebuilding, Democracy and Development in a joint PhD Programme on Peace, Federalism and Human Rights, which is run jointly by three institutes of Addis Ababa University, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the Institute of Federal Studies (IFS) and the Institute of Human Rights (IHR). Focusing on practical examples of post-conflict processes and the struggle to sustain and deepen transitional democracy, the course examines the cross-cutting nature of peace, democracy, human rights and development.

Dr. Tony Karbo, Senior Programme Officer/Associate Professor participated in teaching at different UPAP partner universities under the GLP project. The teaching was focused on building the capacity of resident faculty of the universities. Under GLP, UPAP staff members teamed up with the resident facilities in teaching activities, so that the latter would take over teaching the courses in their home universities. The courses and the universities, where Dr. Karbo taught under this arrangement are the following: “Regionalism and Integration” at Copper- Belt University, Zambia; “Ethics of War and Peace” at Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda; “Theories of Conflict and Conflict Analysis” at Centre for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda; “Anthropology of War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region” at Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda; as well as courses on “Post Conflict Reconstruction” and “Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa” at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Similarly Dr. Samuel Ewusi, Research Coordinator/Assistant Professor at UPAP lectured at partner universities under the GLP project. The courses and the universities, where Dr. Ewusi taught were “Peace Research” at Gulu University, Uganda; “Reparation Justice: Hopes and Challenges” at L’Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs, (DRC) ;“Economic Policies, Poverty and Natural Resources in Conflicts” at The Center for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda; “Peace Building and Conflict Transformation” and “Introduction to Peace Policies” at the University of Burundi; as well as “Social Teaching of the Church and Peace Building” and “Skills of Promoting Human Rights and Conflict Management” at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya.

Dr Samuel Ewusi served as co-facilitator and resource person at the Executive Masters programme in Managing Peace and Security in Africa, which is offered at IPSS. In the Programme, he taught three units which included: Self perpetuation and the Dynamics of violent conflict, Leadership in violent conflict and Violence and non violent methods of conflict resolution. He also taught a course on theories of peace and security in the joint UPEACE-IPSS Masters Degree.

Mrs. Tsion Tadesse Abebe, Programme Officer/Instructor, UPAP teaches a course on Gender, Peace and Security in the joint UPEACE-IPSS MA Degree Programme. This course focuses on the intersection between gender, peace, security. It discusses major feminist theories, policies, international legal provisions in relation to gender, peace building, and security. Furthermore, issues of gender-based violence, the role of women in conflict prevention, resolution, post-conflict reconstruction, and peace-building as well as conflict making are discussed.

Ms. Golda Keng, GLP Programme Officer, participated in an academic exchange between UPAP and the Institute of Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt. She co-facilitated a course on "Building Cultures of Peace" with Dr. Alicia Cabezudo. Ms. Keng also took part in a curriculum development workshop on “Leadership and Conflict Management in Electoral Administration –LEAD”, which was organized by the UNDP Guinea Bissau (Pro-Palop Project), hosted at the premises of Mozambican Electoral Commission Technical Division (STAE) in Maputo, Mozambique. The purpose of the workshop was to finalize the preparation of a Training of Trainers (ToT) manual on Conflict Management for Electoral stakeholders with Portuguese speaking facilitators from UNDP Guinea Bissau and STAE and to hold consultations with the entire team of Portuguese facilitators to re-organize the repertoire of activities into a coherent agenda for trainings in all PALOP countries.

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