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10 Years of Building Capacity for Peace in Africa

Graduate Program

Developing Graduate Programmes

The Great Lakes Programme (GLP)

The Great Lakes Programme (GLP) was initiated with the general objective of enhancing teaching and research capacity of UPAP’s partner universities in peace and conflict in the Great Lakes region. The Programme was financially supported by the Netherlands Government. The universities that participated in the Programme were: -

        1. Copperbelt University of Zambia (CBU), Kitwe, Zambia,
        2. University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM), Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania,
        3. Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA), Musanze, Rwanda,
        4. National University of Rwanda (NUR), Huye, Rwanda,
        5. Uganda Martyrs University (UMG), Nkosi, Uganda,
        6. University of Gulu (UG), Gulu, Uganda,
        7. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, Kenya,
        8. Université de Burundi (UB), Bujumbura, Burundi,
        9. Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs (ULPGL), Goma, DR Congo,
        10. Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB), Bukavu, DR Congo. 

 

The programme’s outputs include:-

        1. 40 junior faculty members from the 10 universities attended a one-year Master of Arts Degree in one of the 12 MA programmes offered at the UPEACE headquarter in Costa Rica;
        2. 20 senior faculty members of the universities took part in a three-weeks training in Costa Rica and co-taught courses at their own universities with UPEACE visiting faculty;
        3. The senior faculty members also contributed to the publication of a book entitled, Weaving Peace: Essays on Peace, Governance and Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, published by UPAP in 2012; and
        4. All GLP partner universities and fellows established a network called Great Lakes Universities Peace Association (GLUPA), which is registered in Zambia in September 2012 as an International Association. 

 

UPSAM

UPEACE initiated a capacity building programme in 2007 for South Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa with the support of the Government of the Netherlands. The objective of this programme was to make the studies of Peace and Conflict widely available to students and professionals in Southern countries, with curricula developed for and by Southern scholars. 17 partner universities and civil society institutions from 14 different countries across South Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa participated in the programme. Six of the partners were based in Africa:

        1. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia;
        2. Ahfad University for Women, Sudan;
        3. University of Nairobi, Kenya;
        4. University of Hargeisa, Somaliland;
        5. University of Zalingei, Sudan; and
        6. University of Juba, Sudan

 

Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)

In 2007, the UPEACE Africa Programme established a joint MA degree programme, offered through the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University. The Institute was established with the support of UPEACE and the Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia. The two-year MA programme is designed to enable students to attain deep understandings of the central issues of peace and security which are critical in the development of African countries, especially in the Horn of Africa. As a result, the students are exposed to a variety of key perspectives on the most serious international, globally and regional challenges to peace and security. Students of the Institute come from Ethiopia and other African countries.

Building Capacity for IGAD

After establishing the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the Africa Programme approached the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which is the regional economic organization for the Horn of Africa, and proposed to contribute to building capacity of the organization and its member states in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies. Indeed, the Institute was created with the vision of becoming a regional centre of excellence in education, training and research in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies.

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