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


A testing phase will be performed before offering the access to all the members of the Network.

The following 6 institutions will be involved in the first phase of Community of Practices, the other members of the Network will be invited to participate in the next testing phase.


The Transdisciplinary UNESCO Chair on "Human Development and Culture of Peace",  University of Florence (Italy)

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.


Secretariat of the Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the promotion a culture of peace in Africa- Felix Houphouet Boigny Foundation for Peace Research

Created November 10, 1973, Felix Houphouet Boigny Foundation has become since 1997 the Felix Houphouet Boigny Foundation for Peace Research. It headquarter was built in Yamoussoukro from 1977 to 1987 and launched December 5, 1997 by the Director-General of UNESCO at the time, Mr. Federico Mayor. The Foundation is working under the auspices of UNESCO, to achieve its objectives and missions in the service of peace.


UNESCO Chair in Culture of Peace, University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

The UNESCO Chair in Culture of Peace is an institution headquartered in the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan (Ivory Coast). It offers to boost trade and knowledge sharing among countries in the world and to encourage support from developed countries to the developing countries in the context of sustainable development. It seeks to promote education for international solidarity and intercultural dialogue.


University for Peace (UPEACE) - Africa Programme, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

The wider mission of the University should be seen in the context of the worldwide peace and security objectives of the United Nations. The central importance of education, training and research in all their aspects to build the foundations of peace and progress and to reduce the prejudice and hatred on which violence, conflict and terrorism are based is increasingly recognized. The vision of UPEACE is to become a network of collaborating UPEACE centres and activities in different regions, guided from its headquarters in Costa Rica and cooperating with a large number of universities, NGOs and other partners on education and research for peace.


UNESCO Chair for the Culture of Peace, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance, University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

The UNESCO Chair in Culture of Peace’s main objectives are to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of Culture of Peace for the pacific settlement of disputes, the democracy, human rights and good governance. It also aims to facilitate collaboration between high-level internationally renowned professors of higher education of the Democratic Republic of Congo, SADC and the rest of world institutions.


International Centre for Research and Documentation on Traditions and African Languages (CERDOTOLA), Yaoundé (Cameroon)

The International Centre for Research and Documentation on Traditions and African Languages (CERDOTOLA), founded in 1977, is an institution of sub-regional cooperation in the field of humanities and social sciences applied to the knowledge of the traditional world of history, African languages and cultural heritage. The regional center of international status, has now eleven Member States: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) , Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.


UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Human Rights, University of Mali (Mali)

UNESCO Chair of Mali aims to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on culture of peace and human rights, democracy and tolerance. Activities relating to human rights will be based on international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant and other conventions on the subject, on the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and the principle of equality between men and women.



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