‘Everyday’ practices contribute to peacebuilding in Africa, according to studies published by the British Academy

15 Mar 2022

A new special edition of the open access Journal of the British Academy presents insights into post-conflict peacebuilding in Africa from a new generation of researchers focusing on ‘everyday’ peace and the peacebuilding practices taking place at a local level.

The special edition features writing on ‘everyday peacebuilding’ by five early-career researchers, drawing on research into peacebuilding practices in Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland and Ghana.

A focus on local perspectives in diverse contexts reveals more diverse forms of peacebuilding, encompassing mine action, media practice during elections, gender and religious rituals and ceremonies.

The edition includes several critical insights:

The volume was edited by Dr Sarah Njeri, Research Fellow at Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI and a Research Associate of the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. Dr Njeri said:

“Thirty years on from one of the seminal works on peacebuilding, An Agenda for Peace by the then UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, research has predominantly still focused only on political and economic initiatives by external NGOs setting out a state-building agenda. The planning and implementation of national peacebuilding strategies overlooks the agency that individuals can have within peacebuilding at the local level.

“Generally, the emerging research in this field has also marginalised African ECRs' voices, especially in global research publications, therefore limiting the extent to which they can influence policy and practise. African researchers – including the early-career researchers whose studies are showcased in this special edition of the Journal of the British Academy – are helping to remedy this.”

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