Why the Peace and Security Division (P & SD)?
The Peace and Security Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute, is focused essentially on the promotion of sustainable peace and development in Africa within the context of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, (especially goal 16 which is about inclusive societies, peace, justice and strong institutions) and the African Union Agenda 2063 (especially the objective of “silencing the guns”)
This thematic focus area is motivated by observation that the present state of the African society in general and Cameroon in particular, as characterized by negative features such as abject poverty, political instability, leadership and management deficit, civil strife, and extremist violence is bringing into focus issues of peace and development. Peace and security research and capacity building for sustainable development by the 2030 agenda now forms an essential component of any strategy (local or global) for understanding and promoting sustainable peace and development in Africa and other parts of the world. This is because, researchers and international public policy stakeholders now recognize that violence and instability are the key blockages to sustainable peace and development. Moreover, because the challenges for peace and security continuously change, the knowledge required for comprehension and response to the persistence of violent conflict demands clear-sighted research for evidence-based policies. The complexity of today’s conflicts requires that peace and security be understood in new ways and that the approach to the search for sustainable peace and development be multi-disciplinary and inclusive and the solutions must be locally owned. Thereby, contributing to the Pan Africanist philosophy of “African Solution to African Problem”
Therefore, as the Peace and Development Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute serves as a platform for policy-oriented peace and security research, critical debate and solutions to peace and security challenges in Africa. Thus, by engaging peace and security experts and other key stakeholders in policy relevant research, critical debate and capacity building activities, the division strives to become a leading centre of research and capacity building centre of excellence in peace, conflict, security, strategic and sustainable development in the Cameroon in particular and Sub-Saharan Africa at large.
A peaceful, secure and prosperous Cameroon and Africa
To quickly become an efficient, effective and leading centre in the promotion of interdisciplinary, action-oriented and community-centred approach to the (violent) conflict prevention, management, resolution, transformation, strategic peacebuilding, human/state security and sustainable development in Cameroon and Africa.
The P&SD is committed to ensuring that all aspects of its work and relationships are conducted in accordance with the following guiding principles which all cherished values of the Denis & Leonora Foretia Foundation that hosts the Peace and Security Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute:
The broader objectives of the Division are to:
- Carry out in-depth research and make policy recommendations on issues relating to peace and security in Africa;
- Provide training and technical support to strengthen the capacity of local communities at the grassroots level, civil society groups, national institutions, and regional organisations in Africa;
- Inform national and regional peace initiatives through Nkafu’s experience and expertise, by equipping and empowering key individuals and groups with the skills to constructively manage community, political, and socio-economic conflicts, and institute sustainable conflict resolution mechanisms within their organisations; and
- Contribute to efforts to strengthen the peacekeeping and human rights protection roles of African peacekeepers in regional and UN missions through relevant and tailored training programs.
The Peace and Security Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute contributes to sustainable peace and security in Cameroon and Africa through its different programmes of research, trainings/capacity-building, policy recommendation and advocacy activities. Hence, the division disseminates key findings to various stakeholders at national sub-regional and regional levels with the aim of informing policy and programming.
Hence, areas of research, training and capacity building activities include but are not limited to:
- Peace and Security challenges in Cameroon and Africa.
- Causes and consequences of violent conflict in Africa;
- The nexus between peace, security, governance and development;
- Conflict Early Warning and Response
- The role of African Union and RECs in conflict resolution;
- The role of women and youth in conflict resolution;
- Post conflict peace-building process;
- African common and national policies and international community commitment to peace building in Africa;
- Leadership and cooperation in Africa;
- African shared values; and
- Democracy and governance in Africa.
The above thematic research focus areas and activities are organised within the flowing three (3) main pillars/programs that build on each other to effectively contribute to evidence-based sustainable Peace, Security and development Policies.
Pillar 1: Research and Development
Employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods, baseline or secondary data collection, the Institute conducts research activities in order to provide data and analysis on issues of peace, conflict, security, and development for the benefit of both local and international stakeholders. The Division sets to conduct research both baseline and secondary in the field of peace and security in Cameroon and make solution and/or recommendation in guaranteeing peace and security in Cameroon in particular and Africa in general. These methods are also applied in order to assess programs and activities organized by the Division culminating in annual assessment reports, copies of which will be made publicly available.
Pillar 2: Knowledge Management and Outreach
From its various research activities, the P&SD of the Nkafu Policy Institute generates reports, lessons learned, peered-review academic articles, policy briefs and stores them in a central knowledge bank on the Nkafu’s website. The various information products such as reports, policy briefs, training materials, lessons learned and other documents produced by P&SD are then made available to donors, partners and the general public. The findings are also shared with local communities and stakeholders that participate in its various research activities. The Division also organises public debates and dialogues which are meant to inform and or educate the public and stakeholders across the world.
Pillar 3: Capacity-building and Training
Based on the latest research findings as well as lessons learned, the P&SD develops context‐ specific training and capacity-building models for government, non‐governmental organisations, civil society organisations and community-based actors responsible for implementing responses to insecurity at both at the local and national levels in Cameroon in particular and Africa in general. The P&SD also offers additional training tailored to specific context in Cameroon on issues of conflict prevention, conflict early warning and response, conflict resolution, mediation, as well as other issues concerning post conflict reconstruction, conflict transformation and sustainable development. The P&SD is establishing a capacity-building and training centre in the near future in order to deliver these services more effectively and efficiently.