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.


Popular Article

Lucey, Amanda (2018) Liberia now needs more attention, not less, ISS Today, 7 March.
Kumalo, Liezelle (2018) Liberia and Sierra Leone can achieve real women's empowerment, ISS Today, 20 February.
Kumalo, Liezelle & Amanda Lucey (2017) South Sudan needs more than a hybrid court, ISS Today, 15 September.

PRIO Paper

Report - External Series

Lucey, Amanda; & Liezelle Kumalo (2018) Sustaining peace in practice: Liberia and Sierra Leone, ISS Policy Brief. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies.
Lucey, Amanda; & Liezelle Kumalo (2018) Practical pathways to peace: lessons from Liberia and South Sudan, ISS Africa Report, 10. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
Lucey, Amanda; & Liezelle Kumalo (2017) Democratise or disintegrate: How the AU can help South Sudan, ISS East Africa Report, 11. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies.
Lucey, Amanda; & Liezelle Kumalo (2017) Partnering for sustainable peace in Liberia, ISS Paper, 302. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies.
Kumalo, Liezelle; & Amanda Lucey (2017) How the AU can promote transitional justice in South Sudan, ISS East Africa Report, 14. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies.

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