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The State of Peacebuilding in Africa

Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners

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  • Bring together high-level experts from both Africa and the international community to discuss the evolution and current state of peacebuilding in Africa
  • Produces a unique analysis of how development of peacebuilding programs and policy in Africa
  • Proposes to contribute to the literature by drawing on experiences and conditions across African states to understand peacebuilding in post conflict societies

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Table of contents (23 chapters)


About this book

This open access book on the state of peacebuilding in Africa brings together the work of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and decision makers to reflect on key experiences and lessons learned in peacebuilding in Africa over the past half century. The core themes addressed by the contributors include conflict prevention, mediation, and management; post-conflict reconstruction, justice and Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration; the role of women, religion, humanitarianism, grassroots organizations, and early warning systems; and the impact of global, regional, and continental bodies. The book's thematic chapters are complemented by six country/region case studies: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan/South Sudan, Mozambique and the Sahel/Mali. Each chapter concludes with a set of key lessons learned that could be used to inform the building of a more sustainable peace in Africa. The State of Peacebuilding in Africa was born out of the activities of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP), a Carnegie-funded, continent-wide network of  African organizations that works with the Wilson Center to bring African knowledge and perspectives to U.S., African, and international policy on peacebuilding in Africa. The research for this book was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


“This edited volume is a bracing read due to its description of the many failings of peacebuilding in Africa, and it offers, if not always systematically, useful thoughts on how peacebuilding might be pointed in a direction that takes account of politics and viability.” (David Harris, International Affairs, Vol. 97 (4), 2021)

"Very few books provide as broad and deep a set of reflections and considerations regarding peacebuilding in Africa, as this volume. The issues and case studies covered here offer much for the future of policymaking in this area. “


—      David J. Hornsby, Associate Vice President of Teaching and Learning and Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada

Editors and Affiliations

  • Global Fellow, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, USA

    Terence McNamee

  • Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, USA

    Monde Muyangwa

About the editors

Terence McNamee is Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholars, based in South Africa. Educated in his native Canada and the UK, he has written and worked on development, governance and security issues for more than two decades, mainly in Africa.

Monde Muyangwa is Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She previously served as Academic Dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and as Director of Research and Policy at the National Summit on Africa, all in the USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The State of Peacebuilding in Africa

  • Book Subtitle: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners

  • Editors: Terence McNamee, Monde Muyangwa

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-46635-0Published: 03 November 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-46638-1Published: 03 November 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-46636-7Published: 02 November 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 431

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: African Politics, Development Policy, Peace Studies

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