Peacebuilding from Below: The Role of Decentralized South-South Cooperation in Africa
"Significant international investment has been placed in peacebuilding and statebuilding, particularly in Africa, which is home to 13 of the 18 countries that comprise the G7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states. Yet, as the recurrent instability on the continent suggests, the returns on this investment have been minimal if not nonexistent."
Dr. Fritz Nganje's brings a fresh perspective on what post-conflict peacebuilding should incorporate in Africa. He focuses on cooperation and knowledge-sharing between developing countries, such as Brazil and Mozambique, at sub-national levels like urban centers. He argues that in its decentralized form, "South-South cooperation offers an adaptable and complementary framework of international development cooperation that can be harnessed to support context-sensitive, socially inclusive, and ideologically neutral peace-building and state-building efforts in conflict-burdened Africa."
You can access the full policy brief below in pdf form. Dr. Nganje was a Southern Voices African Research Scholar with the Africa Program and Leadership Project at The Wilson Center from September to December, 2013. He is currently a Researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue in Pretoria, South Africa. For more thoughts by Dr. Nganje, please visit his page on our program blog, Africa Up Close, HERE.