ISBN 9780798304405
Pages 304
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2014
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Building Peace from Within

edited by Sylvester Bongani Maphosa, Laura DeLuca, Alphonse Keasley

This book seeks to examine how successful models of building 'peace from within' in the African context function. It draws emerging lessons to provide critical recommendations on policy, practice and academia - our primary audience. While there are numerous examples of failures of conflict resolution in Africa, shown by intractable conflict axes, less attention is paid to successes. While acknowledging the challenges that exist, this edited volume provides positive examples of building peace from within in fragile contexts through many forms of initiatives and actions at different levels: community-based (through individual and/or collective local peace initiatives), government (through ministries and/or departments), and regional (through external and/or multilateral infrastructure for peace). As a guiding principle the notion of building peace from within draws from the idea of community regeneration, which describes voluntary and peaceful activities of grassroots actors that reflect their broader interests of building peaceful communities and existence.

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About the Editors

Sylvester Bongani Maphosa

Sylvester Bongani Maphosa is Chief Research Specialist in Governance and Security at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) and has a seat in the Research and Publications Committee (RPC). He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (2009), an MA in Peace and Governance (2005), a BEd in Environmental Sciences (2002) and a Diploma in Education (1992) and has extensive field experience in research, government, higher education, non-government and community based programming. His research interests include conflict prevention and conflict transformation, community-based peacebuilding, human security and development and the evaluation of peacebuilding models in violently divided societies. Dr Maphosa has published extensively.

Laura DeLuca

Laura DeLuca is a lecturer in Global Studies and Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-B). Before moving to Boulder she worked at the University of Vermont in Burlington Vermont and Princeton University in New Jersey. In East Africa, she taught with the United States Peace Corps. Her research and teaching focus on forced migration, African refugees, as well as conservation, globalisation and indigenous peoples. In 2011 she was appointed as research fellow with the Peace and Security Unit at the AISA. She also received a Fulbright Specialist Program grant to work with AISA training and outreach related to community-based peacebuilding.

Alphonse Keasley

Alphonse Keasley currently holds the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-B). In addition, he teaches in the CU-B Honours Program as well as the CU-B Leadership Certificate Programme. He has directed numerous senior honours theses on topics such as Embodied Religion, Incrementalism and the US Supreme Court Justices and Privilege in Public Schools. Keasley has also directed masters theses in Sociology and doctoral dissertations in Theatre and Dance. Internationally, he has served as an executive board member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (formerly Shakespeare Theatre Association of America). Finally, he conducts a CU-B Global Seminar in South Africa every year with CU-B students and is a Fulbright Specialist with the AISA.