The African Peace and Governance Research Network (APGR-Net) is a network created as part of the collaboration between the University for Peace Africa Programme (UPAP) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) to strengthen the research and Publication capacity in the areas on peace, conflict, development, governance and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The network focuses on encouraging and disseminating evidence based research on issues on peace, conflict, governance and security in Africa from a sub-regional and regional perspective. It also aims to encourage vigorous academic and policy exchanges as well as vibrant linkages between researchers, policy makers and their communities. It is founded on the belief that research has an important role in developing and influencing policy. Consequently cutting edge research must be brought to the attention of policy makers.
The objectives of the network are to:
- Disseminate cutting edge research on issues of peace, conflict, governance and security
- Encourage academic exchanges between researchers and the policy community
- Build institutional capacity at national, sub-regional and regional levels
- Create an opportunity to pre-publish before submission to peer review journals
- Mentoring support of a technical nature from international researchers associated with the Network
- Improve the policy-relevance of research through strengthening the capacity of policy-makers to be discerning research 'users'
- Organize conferences, symposia, workshops to show case cutting edge research
Members can submit articles emanating from the designated regions for reviews and discussions.