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UNU’s Activities in and on Africa

Peace, Security and Human Rights


Kenya, Turkana District, Rift Valley Province — Lowoi Lokadite, a Nilotic Turkana herdsman, carries an AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle as he watches over his camels grazing in the Kenyan-Ugandan border region. Photographer © Sven Torfinn

Completed projects appear below those ongoing.

Gender violence and conflict: Africa, war, and the spectre of rape

UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

Contact: Obijiofor Aginam

Timeframe: 2010-2012

This UNU-ISP project, conducted with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University (Canada), and the Canadian Peacebuilding Network, explores sexual violence in conflict zones in Africa. Over the last 15 years, a number of conflicts have become synonymous with large-scale incidences of rape and sexual violence, combined with other acts of brutality. Women and children have been the major targets and primary victims. The phenomenon of rape in warfare, particularly in Africa, has given rise to a range of responses in legal, political, media and culture, and academic circles.

Location: Rwanda, Darfur, southern Sudan, Liberia, Chad, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tags: conflict/post conflict, gender, mass crimes, peace and security, HIV/AIDS

Completed Projects

New perspectives on liberal peacebuilding

UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

Contact: Nicholas Turner

Timeframe: 2006-2010

This UNU-ISP research project explored the implications of major UN and other peacebuilding missions for broader debates about power, legitimacy and international order. Going beyond the narrow focus on democracy and market economics, the project interrogated a wider range of peacebuilding activities, including the (re)construction of state institutions. It also took the debate beyond the realms of liberal Western academia by involving scholars and analysts from post-conflict societies, including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste.

Location: Africa, Sierra Leone

Tags: conflict/post conflict, economic growth, fragile state, peace-building, peace and security, UN

Publications: Newman, E., R. Paris and O. P. Richmond (eds.), New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding, UNU Press, 2009

Gender and small arms

UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

Contact: Nicholas Turner

Timeframe: 2006-2010

This UNU-ISP research project investigated the daily impacts of small arms and light weapons (SALW) on millions of adults and children in war zones, and communities in violent environments. The effects of these widely available weapons can be vastly different for women and men, girls and boys, but consideration of gender and age has been missing in SALW policy and research. The project drew upon experience and research on gender, age, violence and small arms in developing and developed countries, providing targeted recommendations for future policy formulation and research to illuminate and counteract the impacts of SALW.

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Uganda

Tags: conflict/post conflict, gender, peace-building, peace and security, disarmament

Publications: Farr, V., H. Myrttinen, A. Schnabel, (eds.), Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons, UNU Press, 2010

Farr, V., H. Myrttinen, A. Schnabel, Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Prolific Small Arms, UNU Policy Brief 1, 2010

Expert roundtable: The African Union Peace and Security Council - A five year appraisal (2004-2009)

UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

Contact: Obijiofor Aginam

Timeframe: 29-30 March 2010

UNU-ISP presented an expert paper on the future relationship between the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council. The Expert Roundtable was organized and funded by the Institute for Security Studies, and held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29-30 March, 2010. The Roundtable was attended by AU Ambassadors, civil society groups, policy makers, academic scholars and representatives of international organizations.

Location: AU Member States

Tags: conflict/post conflict, peacekeeping, peace and security, UN, responsibility to protect (R2P)

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