The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its Individual Research Grants and Book Manuscript Completion Grants.

The 2017 Individual Research Grant cohort features sixteen individuals from twelve countries, including the APN’s first Individual Research Grant recipients from Egypt, Morocco, and Rwanda. Their research projects span a diverse range of topics related to conflict and peacebuilding, including land and resource-driven conflict, religious and ethnic tensions, questions of inter-gender cooperation and inter-generational reconciliation, and the use of cinema and radio as platforms for peacebuilding.

This year’s recipients of the APN’s Individual Research Grant are the following:

  • Tamer Mohammed Ahmed Abd Elkreem – “Understanding Society-Development Nexus in Sudan: The Case of Escalating Tensions over the Gezira Scheme,” University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Patience Adzande – “Putting New Wine into Old Wineskins? Peacebuilding Strategies and the Changing Dynamics of Conflicts in Nigeria,” Benue State University, Nigeria
  • Noah Echa Attah – “Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Nigeria: Interrogating the Conflict Trajectories and Critical Issues for Pro-Poor Peacebuilding,” Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Nigeria
  • Jamal Bahmad – “Screening Transitional Justice: Moroccan Cinema as a Platform for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention,” Mohammed V University, Morocco
  • Tendai Joseph Chari – “The Role of Diaspora Media in Homeland Conflicts: Mapping Discourses of Peace and Conflict during Negotiations for a Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe, 2008-2009,” University of Venda, South Africa
  • Pamela Chepngetich – “‘Building Peace through Radio’: Radio Fan Clubs, ‘Collective Responsibility’, and Post-Conflict Healing in Eldoret, Kenya,” Kisii University, Kenya
  • Fana Gebresenbet Erda – “The Ethiopian Developmental State: Dam Project-Related Land Expropriation, Conflict and Peacebuilding in South Omo,” Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Ethiopia
  • Chantal Marie Ingabire – “Genocide Legacies among the Second Generation in Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities in Facilitating Inter-Generational Reconciliation Processes,” Community-Based Sociotheraphy, Rwanda
  • Daniel Olisa Iweze – “Muslims-Christians Covenant in Kano, Nigeria: Lessons in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding,” University of Benin, Nigeria
  • Rosemary Jaji – “Inter-Gender Cooperation and Proactive Peacebuilding in Zimbabwe,” University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Fekadu Beyene Kenee – “Pastoral Grievance and Resource-Based Violent Conflict in Ethiopia: Institutional Options towards Peacebuilding,” Haramaya University, Ethiopia
  • Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka – “Rural Development in the Great Lakes Region: Resistance to International Prescriptions,” Catholic University of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Azeez Olusola Olaniyan – “A Bad Child Has his Own Day: Ethnic Militia Build-Up, Fragile Peace, and Post-Conflict Dilemmas in Oil-Bearing Communities of Ondo State, Nigeria” Ekiti State University, Nigeria
  • Mary Boatemaa Setrana – “Farmer-Herder Conflict and Implications for Conflict Prevention and Transformation: The Case of Second Generation Fulani Migrants in Ghana,” University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Rawia M. Tawfik – “Reducing Conflicts over African Transboundary Water Resources: Towards Regional Cooperation in the Eastern Nile,” Cairo University, Egypt
  • Delmas Tsafack – “Violence and Crime in Equatorial Guinea,” The Muntu Institute, African Humanities and Social Sciences, Cameroon

The APN also awards two Book Manuscript Completion Grants to APN Alumni annually. Book Manuscript Completion Grants support APN Alumni to transform their APN projects or related peacebuilding research into publishable book manuscripts within a six-month timeframe. They also serve as a vehicle for enhancing the quality and visibility of independent African peacebuilding research both regionally and globally, while making the peacebuilding knowledge already gathered from a prior APN grant accessible to key policymakers and research centers of excellence in Africa and around the world. Recipients receive one-on-one mentoring by a scholar from the APN Advisory Board knowledgeable in the manuscript’s topic area.

The 2017 Book Manuscript Completion Grant recipients are the following:

  • Jeremiah Arowosegbe (APN Residential Postdoctoral Fellow 2015) – Ethnic Minorities and Land Conflicts in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Fatma Osman Ibnouf (APN Individual Research Grantee 2016) – The Forgotten One: Linkage between Wartime Care-Work Arrangements and Peacebuilding, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Warm congratulations to all of this year’s African Peacebuilding Network grant recipients. The APN looks forward to working with you and seeing the results of your promising research.

If you are interested in applying for a grant from the African Peacebuilding Network, the call for applications for the 2018 grant cycle will be released in October, and applications will be accepted from October 2017 through January 2018.

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