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Africa Peace Fellows Program
The Africa Peace Fellows is a certificate training program designed to meet existing key gaps in creating internal capacity for transformative conflict resolution systems in Africa, especially in the development of consistent, sustainable conflict resolution and prevention training programs at advanced and specialized skills levels, including retraining or continuing education, with emphasis on intractable and emerging public policy, governance, and commercial disputes.
The Africa Peace Fellows curriculum will go beyond the traditional transactional individual conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes to transformational conflict resolution systems design, institutional capacity building, human capacity development, and professional network creation.
Africa Peace Fellows Endowment Donors
Fatai Yusufu of FAYUS Inc.*
Hector Bernal Gutierrez**
This unique, one of a kind, Africa Peace Fellows training program is envisioned to ultimately create a robust cadre or network of the next generation of African peace leaders, or peacecorps leadership that is ultimately, deliberatively dedicated to promoting the societal goal of a culture of peace.
The program will serve as a medium for increasing the number and level of skilled conflict resolution personnel or expertise and institutions in Africa, who will meet international best standards in knowledge acquisition and skill application. Further, the curricular will integrate critical issues of social justice, good governance, human rights, peace leadership and development, human security, violent extremism, diversity, environmental justice, restorative justice, and public corruption.
The program is also intended to address long-term funding constraints, particularly in peace and conflict resolution training.
The majority of the conflict resolution training programs in Africa are driven by donor support. Arguably, donor funding for such training programs fluctuates in its frequency and level of support. As observed by Dr. Monde Muyangwa of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, “we cannot wage peace on other people’s wallet” (2016-CAPCR). To maintain Africa’s continued progress or gains in the global peace index, there is a need for the development of a training infrastructure that is sustainable and supportive of both continental and national peace and security agenda, with a long-term vision and strategic plan.