The Africa peace program builds upon the WPF engagement with the African Union, including our 2016 report African Politics, African Peace, and Alex de Waal’s expertise and engagement on a broad range of issues related to African peace and security. The WPF opportunistically sponsors research, programming and outputs when we can make an impact on discussions about African Peace issues.
In recent years, this work has focused on Ethiopia and Sudan.
This program culminated in the July 2016 report, African Politics, African Peace, submitted to the African Union. It is the most extensive review of the African Union’s peace missions ever conducted and charts an agenda for peace in Africa. The program site provides access to the report, research briefs, case studies, and multimedia resources.
The study of peace in Africa has long been handicapped by the paucity of internal documentary material from peace processes themselves. This means that conflict resolution as a practice does not always learn lessons and the field is often criticized for a supposed lack of scholarly rigor. The WPF has an extensive archive of documentation of African peace processes which we are making available to researchers.