This essay is based on my personal experience during this Covid-19 pandemic as a PhD student. I hope that my fellow PhD students can learn from my experiences during the pandemic, particularly about how to manage risks and develop strong coping strategies as they continue to conduct research during this period of great uncertainty.
Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as a Peacebuilding Strategy: Opportunities and Insights from Northern Rwandaby Clémentine Kanazayire
This essay addresses the challenges and opportunities for preventing women living in conflict-affected or post-conflict communities from becoming victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Violent conflict is a part of other factors that hamper human development and its effect can last long after the conflict ends.1United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Uganda Human Development Report 2015. […]
Introducing the African Peacebuilding Network’s and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa’s 2021 Fellowsby African Peacebuilding Network
The African Peacebuilding Network has awarded 17 Individual Research Fellowships to scholars who will conduct field-based research to enrich knowledge and practice in the field of peacebuilding in Africa. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program has awarded 41 fellowships across its 4 competitions, supporting students and early-career faculty with their doctoral dissertation and […]
Fostering a Gendered Approach to Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region: Perspectives from the Democratic Republic of Congoby Trésor Makunya Muhindo
Introduction Since the late 1990s, the African Great Lakes Region (AGLR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in particular, have been ravaged by interstate and intrastate conflicts. Negotiations were undertaken, under the supervision of the international community and regional organizations, in order to broker agreements among the belligerent parties and establish sustainable peace. These […]
This essay is based on reflections on the following question: how can conflict prevention and resolution lay the foundation for inclusive, lasting peace and sustainable development in the DRC?
Natural Resource Governance and Peace in the African Great Lakes Region: A Legal Perspective to the Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congoby Balingene Kahombo
Introduction Natural resource governance is widely recognized as an important international public policy issue. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 12.2 seeks to achieve, by 2030, “the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”1UNGA Res.A/RES/70/1, 25 September 2015: Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, p.22. The African Union (AU) prioritizes […]
Graduate Studies, the Makerere Factor, and the Future of Social Sciences in Uganda: A Conversation with Prof. Kasaija Phillip Apuuliby Duncan Omanga and Kasaija Phillip Apuuli
Social sciences and humanities are as important as sciences. Understanding how society functions is as important as scientific inventions. Thus, these disciplines should be promoted in tandem. In my opinion, the future of the humanities is bright as we seek to understand phenomena like globalization, universal justice, human rights, integration, etc. It is only social science that can give an explanation of why such phenomena exist.