Dialogue among youth: A means to prevent violence in Burundi

Dialogue among youth: A means to prevent violence in Burundi
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. Burundi has been devastated by a series of socio-political conflicts since its independence...

Using Positive Voices to tackle youth radicalization in Nigeria

Using Positive Voices to tackle youth radicalization in Nigeria
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. In the last decade, Nigeria has been battling religious intolerance, violent extremism and...

Using Peacebuilding to Counter Violent Extremism: Lessons from Kenya and Tanzania

Using Peacebuilding to Counter Violent Extremism: Lessons from Kenya and Tanzania
Many development and peacebuilding NGOs are working today to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE). Among these is Search for Common Ground (Search), an international NGO that has, over the years, developed its own approach, called Transforming Violent Extremism (TVE). But what is the evidence that a peacebuilding approach can effectively contribute to addressing violent...

A Conflict Sensitive Lens on the Upcoming Humanitarian Aid Operations in Burkina Faso

A Conflict Sensitive Lens on the Upcoming Humanitarian Aid Operations in Burkina Faso
Since the end of 2018 there has been a growing interest in opening up humanitarian aid operations in Burkina Faso. The Sahelian country in West Africa has been subject to increasing turmoil as of 2015, coupled with ongoing security threats in the northern regions, which have recently expanded to the East. Moreover, a few weeks...

Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy

Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy
The recent limitations to freedom of speech in Tanzania have created some concerns from local civil society organisations (CSOs) to international organisations. The list of limitations enacted by John Pombe Magafuli after his election as Tanzanian President in 2015 is rather long and it goes from banning opposition rallies to stopping live coverage of parliamentary...

Civil society as the engine for stability and growth in Africa

Civil society as the engine for stability and growth in Africa
When people speak of stability and growth in Africa what they normally think about nowadays is the role played by the state and the private for-profit sector. The focus on the state is nothing new, even if it has taken on a new meaning recently. According to the neo-liberal model for development, the nexus between...

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming
Working to support the empowerment and participation of women has been recognized as necessary for promoting peace, improving governance and contributing to sustainable development. International NGOs such as CARE International and Oxfam have, for example, put gender equality and women empowerment at the centre of their global strategies, formally acknowledging that poverty is not gender-neutral....

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation
Many African countries are today characterized by predominantly adversarial dynamics between governments and civil society organisations (CSOs), due mainly to a lack of mutual trust and to the weakness (or lack) of institutional settings for dialogue and structured collaboration. As a result, it is hard for government representatives and civil society leaders to work together...

Italy’s contribution in Libya and the lessons from Lebanon

Italy’s contribution in Libya and the lessons from Lebanon
Italy’s participation to the stabilization mission in Libya, which was announced more than a year ago, is now imminent. On December 16, 2015, the country’s main political factions have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, one of the preconditions for Italy’s participation. The intervention’s launch date is approaching and the next...

Women, peace and security in the Horn of Africa: between rhetoric and reality

Women, peace and security in the Horn of Africa: between rhetoric and reality
In 2000, the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) formalized the international community’s commitment to promoting the role of women in peace processes. The landmark resolution led to an injection of vast resources with the aim of improving the situation of women, especially in those contexts affected by war and violence. In...