Fatma Osman Ibnouf ,a 2016 recipient of the African Peacebuilding Network's Individual Research Grant, writes about the importance of mainstreaming gender issues into inclusive planning and decisionmaking on conflict transformation. She is an assistant professor, researcher, and trainer at the Development Studies and Research Institute (DSRI), University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Kujenga Amani (Swahili for “building peace”), is the digital forum of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council.
The APN promotes the visibility and dissemination of high-quality African research-based knowledge and informed commentary by African experts among critical constituencies in global centers of scholarly analysis, policy, and practical action, including, but not limited to, key policymakers at the United Nations, African Union, and other multilateral organizations, as well as regional and national policymaking institutions.
Kujenga Amani is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on peacebuilding in Africa. It serves as a space for connecting researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and organizations working on diverse aspects of peacebuilding; a venue for conversations about the critical challenges confronting peacebuilding in conflict-affected regions of the continent; and a laboratory for probing the connections between African and global peace and security. It shares news on innovative research, from reviews of publications on African peacebuilding to reflections by scholars and policy actors to briefs on Africa-related peace initiatives, including reports on APN-supported research, fieldwork, and projects.
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Combattants: Activists or Criminals? A Reflection on Ethnoregionalism and Political Violence among Congolese Immigrants in South Africaby Kujenga Amani
Rosette Sifa Vuninga has has been a member of an African Peacebuilding Network (APN)-funded Collaborative Working Group since June 2016, working on a comparative study: "From Networks of Violence to Networks of Peace: Armed Youth Violence," across five African countries. She is a PhD fellow in History at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa.
When the problem of violence against women during and after conflict is discussed, it is often in reference to non-partner-perpetrated sexual violence. Intimate partner violence is, however, another form of violence that plagues the lives of women in conflict-affected settings with harmful physical, psychological, and social consequences.