Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa
Community of Practices. African Humanism for Peace with Eco-human Development.
Transdisciplinary Participatory Action Research on Traditional and Innovative Knowledge
Founding members:
UNESCO Chairs: Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny/Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; University of Democratic Republic of Congo; Florence University Italia; University of Mali; University of South Africa; University of Peace, Ethiopia.
Research Institutions: CIEFFA, Burkina Faso; CERDOTOLA, Cameroon; WAI, Cape Verde; FFHB, Ivory Coast; CRRDFGCPR Grands Lacs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; CRCTCRPKA, Egypt; ISS, Ethiopia; IPSS, Ethiopia; WACPS, Ghana; CYDCA, Malawi; OCPA, Mozambique; SPSP, Nigeria; FAS, Senegal / Switzerland; CODESRIA, Senegal; CPDS, South Sudan; PRI, Sudan.
Foundations: A. Neto, Angola; E. Dos Santos, Angola; O. B. Ondimba, Gabon; Pax Africana, Togo

Network


The Community of Practices has been proposed during the meeting in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), organized by the UNESCO, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research and the African Union, on September 20th and 21st, 2013.

Representatives of 26 foundations and research institutes, which are located in more than 20 African countries, decided to establishment  a network for the promotion of a culture of peace in Africa in order to coordinate their respective operations and to implement joint projects.

The Community of Practices is promoted by Transdisciplinary UNESCO Chair on "Human Development and Culture of Peace" at the University of Florence, along with the UNESCO Africa Department, under the Intersectoral and Interdisciplinary Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.

 

UNESCO Africa Department

The UNESCO Africa Department  is the focal point for all questions relating to Africa, and is responsible for advising the Unesco Director-General thereon. It has responsibilities both as a central service and with regard to the programme.  To give new impetus to its work and to strengthen its role in monitoring the Global priority Africa, hence, from the phase of identifying priorities and to be taken into account by the Organization, to evaluate operations and their real impact on the field, the Africa Department is developing a strategy that intend to setting up development-oriented programs. So Unesco Africa Department with African Union are the promoter of Luanda Forum 2013, which place particular emphasis on strategic areas such as the link between culture, education and development, technology, innovation and science education, culture and sustainable development. Unesco Africa Department and African Union offer support and facilities to implement Luanda Action Plan.

 

Transdisciplinary UNESCO Chair on "Human Development and Culture of Peace" at the University of Florence 

The Transdisciplinary UNESCO Chair on "Human Development and Culture of Peace" at the University of Florence was established in May 17, 2006. The UNESCO Chair at the University of Florence has developed a dynamic and open framework based both on a theoretical and operational perspective: this framework is divided into problematic focus, which are profoundly intertwined at different levels and refer to different fields of study and intervention. The latter allows to deal with the complex and specific issues faced by the Chair as a whole, in their constituent interwoven elements, exploring the historical and spatial features of societies and cultures, engaging in change for human development and peace. It all starts from changes in the educational and training processes and the related products of human knowledge.

 

Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the promotion of a culture of peace in Africa

The Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the promotion of a culture of peace in Africa is part of a follow-up to the Pan-African Forum on  "Sources and Resources for a Culture of Pace" held in Luanda (Angola), in March 2013. This Forum adopted an Action Plan for a Culture of Peace in Africa and  launched a continental Movement for  a culture of peace in order  to raise  awareness and mobilize campaigns at national level under the motto "Make peace happen". One of the key conclusions of the Luanda Forum was the launch of a multi-stakeholders' partnership in order to coordinate their respective operations and to implement joint projects.The Felix Houphouet Boigny Foundation for Peace Research has been recognized as Secretariat of the Network.

 Foundation members

  1. Agostinho Neto Foundation – Angola 
  2. Eduardo Dos Santos Foundation – Angola 
  3. Centre international pour l'éducation des Filles et des femmes en Afrique (CIEFFA) - Burkina Faso 
  4. Centre international de recherche et de documentation sur les traditions les langues africaines (CERDOTOLA) – Cameroon 
  5. West African Institute – Cape Verde 
  6. UNESCO Chair for the culture of peace – University Félix Houphouët-Boigny - Ivory Coast
  7. Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research - Ivory Coast 
  8. Centre régional de recherche et de documentation sur les femmes, le genre et la construction de la paix dans la région des Grands Lacs, Kinshasa – Regional Headquarters in Democratic Republic of Congo 
  9. UNESCO Chair for the culture of peace, conflict resolution, human rights, democracy and good governance – Democratic Republic of Congo 
  10. Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peace Keeping in Africa – Egypt 
  11. University of Peace (UPEACE) – Africa – Costa Rica / Ethiopia 
  12. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) – Ethiopia 
  13. Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) – Ethiopia 
  14. Omar Bongo Ondimba Foundation / National Commission for UNESCO – Gabon  
  15. West Africa Center for Peace Studies (WACPS) – Ghana 
  16. UNESCO Transdisciplinary Chair for Human Development and Culture of Peace, University of Florence – Italia 
  17. Counseling and Youth Development Centre for Africa – Malawi 
  18. UNESCO Chair for the culture of peace and human rights – Mali 
  19. Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) – Mozambique 
  20. The Society For Peace Studies and Practice – Nigeria 
  21. Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) – Senegal / Switzerland 
  22. Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA) – Senegal 
  23. UNESCO "Oliver Tambo" Chair of Human Rights – South Africa 
  24. Center for Peace and Development Studies – South Sudan
  25. Peace Research Institute (PRI) – Khartoum University - Sudan 
  26. Fondation Pax Africana – Togo

Organizations wishing to join the network 

    Ki-Zerbo Foundation – Burkina Faso
    Amilcar Cabral Foundation – Cape Verde
    The African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) – South Africa4. "Cultura de Paz" Foundation – Spain
    Association pour le développement de l'Education en Afrique - Tunisia
    UNESCO Chair in African Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Bradford – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative – United States of America
    International Institute for Peace – United States of America




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