Peacebuilding in Africa: sustaining inclusive civil society engagement (WP1525)
Previous events in our ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding’ series have assessed the development of African approaches to peacebuilding in response to the changing dynamics of conflict and emergence of new conflict actors on the continent. The recent series of conflicts in Africa – notably in Central African Republic, Mali, and South Sudan – has highlighted the challenging nature of the peace and security landscape and the necessity to involve all experts (scholars, policymakers and practitioners) in the process.
Since the end of the Cold War, attention to the roles that local civil society actors can play in peacebuilding and the possibilities of international support to their efforts has increased. Research argues that even if civil society has no direct influence on the political processes, it is perceived as crucial in creating the critical mass necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The role that African civil society actors have and can take in African peacebuilding needs to be further unpacked and analysed to raise pertinent questions and reshape approaches on the continent and wider engagement with broader global discourses and practices.