Titilope Ajayi

Titilope Ajayi is a researcher and writer on conflict and security, as well as civil society and civic space—both of which are focal points of her doctoral work in international affairs at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana. Over the past fifteen years, she has conducted research on gender mainstreaming in African security forces, state responses to violence against women, African security architectures, and diverse aspects of civil society with a focus on Africa. She has held previous appointments as head of research and documentation at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WASCI), and fellow/West Africa analyst with the International Crisis Group (ICG). Titilope writes periodically for the CIHA Blog and the Nonprofit Quarterly online. She is a three-time SSRC fellow, having received the 2017 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship, the 2019 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, and a 2018 African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Individual Research Grant. Some of her publications include “Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles for Rights and Representation” in Social Movement Studies (2018) and “Building Civil Society in West Africa: Notes from the Field” in The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (Springer, 2014). Her article based on APN-supported research, “Women in Terror: Ending Gender-Based Violence in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria,” was published on the APN’s Kujenga Amani blog. She also recently published an article titled “Women, Internal Displacement and the Boko Haram Conflict: Broadening the Debate” in African Security (2020).

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