Africa Peace Studies Working Group

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In November 2017, CPN helped convene and sponsor the Africa Institute for Peace and Justice Studies Program Development in the Catholic Social Tradition in Entebbe, Uganda. The event was hosted by Uganda Martyrs University and other co-sponsors included the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar (ACUHIAM), the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa's Centre for Social Justice and Ethics, the University of Notre Dame's Kroc institute for International Peace Studies, Catholic Relief Services, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the Institut für Theologie und Frieden, Misereor, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. It included 64 people from 16 countries, including Europe, North America and nations across Africa, representing 18 institutions engaged in academic programming for peace and justice studies. 

Please see our Event Page for the Institute for further background, the Institute program, and presentations

One of the concrete results of this meeting was the formation of the Africa Peace Studies Working Group, a steering committee of representatives from Catholic universities from different regions of Africa working in conjunction with CPN. The purpose of the Working Group is to facilitate networking, collaboration, and the sharing of resources and best practices among African universities that have or are planning to have justice and peacebuilding curriculum at their institutions. Some have established programs, some are starting out; some function as distinct institutes or units, some are attempting to integrate peace studies across curricular areas; some have particular areas of focus, some are more general. But all want to remain connected in their efforts to educate students, transform society, and build lasting peace in their communities. The 2017 Institute was intended to foster such connection, and the Working Group is intended to continue, strengthen, and actualize it.

This site is a home base for the Working Group's activities and initiatives.


Steering Committee

Elias Omondi Opongo, Hekima College (Kenya)

Richard Kakeeto, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya)

Sr. Anna Fontana, Catholic University of Mozambique

Paul-Robain Namegabe, Catholic University of Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Gaston Ogui-Cossi, Catholic University of West Africa/Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)



The Working Group is trying to identify models for regional meetings that can help keep universities, scholars, students, Catholic NGOs, and Church personnel connected. Information will be made available as these plans take shape.