Great Lakes and East Africa

Great Lakes East Africa

Although Africa's Great Lakes and East regions comprise several independent states, Church leaders have emphasized the importance of working with a regional focus for the sake of effective peacebuilding. As a result, while CPN engages with persons and organizations in individual nations, like Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan, it also helps facilitate this regional cooperation. Recently, CPN launched an Africa Peace Studies Working Group, a cross-regional steering committee of peace studies faculty that will meet regularly to identify and plan regional networking and collaboration opportunities.

Other CPN accompaniment and partnership in the region has included:

  • In 2019, CPN helped plan and facilitate a workshop on the Church's role in peace processes for members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • In 2017, CPN co-sponsored an institute on peace studies and Catholic Social Teaching for faculty and university leaders from African universities as a follow up to the 2012 ACUHIAM plan for expanding peace studies at African universities.
  • In 2016, with co-sponsorship from CPN, the Catholic University of South Sudan's Institute for Applied Research and Community Outreach hosted a conference to conclude the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
  • CPN has helped with strategic planning and other needs for a new peace institute established at the Catholic University of Bukavu under the auspices of ACEAC, the regional episcopal conference covering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda.
  • In 2013, CPN and CRS co-sponsored and provided resource persons for a major meeting on reconciliation for Ugandan bishops and national- and diocesan-level peace and justice staff.
  • In 2013, CPN supported a week-long workshop for diocesan peace and justice staff from through the Democratic Republic of Congo, and CPN affiliated faculty have also done seminars for bishops and staff in Burundi and for the Cardinal Martino Pan African Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • In 2012, faculty partners of CPN conducted a two-day program on peace studies and Catholic Social Teaching for the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar (ACUHIAM). As a follow up, ACUHIAM leadership approved a plan for expanding peace studies at African universities.
  • In 2010, CPN accompanied 125 Church leaders from six national and two regional episcopal conferences during a meeting to approve a plan for regional peacebuilding (2010 Final Declaration In English; 2010 Final Declaration In French).
  • In 2006, CPN held its third annual international conference on peacebuilding in Bujumbura, Burundi, titled "Archbishop Michael Aidan Courtney Memorial Conference on Catholic Peacebuilding in Africa’s Great Lakes Region."

Organizations and Contacts

Conflict Profiles:

Burundi   Democratic Republic of Congo   South Sudan   Uganda

Research Resources and Documents:

Regional   Burundi   Democratic Republic of Congo   South Sudan   Uganda