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Kujenga Amani (Swahili for “building peace”) is produced by the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to provide listeners with informative commentary by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of African peacebuilding.

Recorded at various workshops, conferences, and meetings organized by the APN, these podcasts are disseminated with the intention of mapping emerging challenges and responding to knowledge and policy gaps, while simultaneously connecting peacebuilding conversations within Africa to those in other parts of the world in an open and constructive manner.

The APN is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Nov 20, 2018

Our guest today is Dr. Monde Muyangwa, an expert on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Africa, democracy and governance, gender, US foreign policy, and the African Union. She currently serves as the director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center where she leads programs designed to analyze and offer effective, practical solutions to Africa’s most pressing current and future issues. Among these initiatives is the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding, a consortium of research and policy organizations from across Africa. The network seeks to foster local knowledge production and dialogue, and to increase the visibility of African perspectives on peacebuilding within the U.S. policy arena.

Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she served as Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University for 11 years. She also worked as the Director of Research and then Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Summit of Africa as well as Director of International Education Programs at New Mexico Highlands University. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Freedom House and previously served on the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.