Cori Wielenga at the ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding’ conference, 20-21 March in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr Cori Wielenga, seated on the first seat on the left.

GovInn Senior Researcher, Cori Wielenga, participated in the fourth of the four-part series on ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding‘ series hosted by Wilton Park and supported by the African Leadership Centre, African Peacebuilding Network and Carnegie Corporation from 20-21 March in Abuja, Nigeria.

Previous events in this series have assessed the development of African approaches to peacebuilding in response to the changing dynamics of conflict, and the emergence of new conflict actors, on the continent. The conference drew upon the evolution of these global trends, addressing how they interact with and impact conflict dynamics and peacebuilding in Africa, its broader ramifications, and explore the options with regard to Africa’s vision and role – along with its international partners in shaping the future of global peacebuilding.

Damien Jourdain

Damien Jourdain is a CIRAD Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist,
working with the UMR “Water Management, Uses, Actors” (G-EAU). He
holds a PhD in Agricultural, Food and Rural Development Economics from
the University of Montpellier.

Robin Bourgeois at the Lesotho ‘Foresight and Scenario’ workshop, 30.10-03.11.2017

From October 30 to November 3,  GovInn’s Senior Researcher Robin Bourgeois was in Lesotho to co-facilitate a “Lesotho Foresight and Scenario” workshop. This activity is part of the Lesotho Foresight and Scenario Project (LFSP), a collaborative project between the Government of Lesotho, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and the United Nations Development Programme. The purpose of the workshop was to develop scenarios of Lesotho’s plausible futures and identifying pathways leading towards preferred futures. Around 50 participants from diverse sectors and institutions attended the three-day workshop. Robin supported Tanja Hichert in the implementation of the workshop program. Five scenarios have been designed and a related timeline of actions has been identified. Next steps will include finalization of the scenarios and dissemination. A full workshop report will be produced and made available by the end of November 2017. For more information contact Robin at robin.bourgeois@cirad.fr

Patrick Dzimiri

Senior Research Fellow

Patrick Dzimiri joined GovInn as a Post-Doc Research Fellow in July 2017. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Pretoria and his current research focuses on human security, democracy, development and human rights in  Africa (particularly southern Africa).

Patrick is also attached to the University of Venda, Department of Development Studies, where he is charged with the teaching of politics and development studies modules.

Publications

PhD focused on the Application of the Responsibility to Protect norm to the International Community’s Response to the Humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe and Sudan’s Darfur Region. Also published on: geopolitics and Intervention for human Protection purposes, Naming, Identity Politics and Violence in Zimbabwe, Militarization of the Youth in Zimbabwe, The Responsibility to Protect as a Conceptual safari in Africa, Human security Implications of militarization of governance structures in Zimbabwe among other areas dealing with governance, democracy and human rights.

Research interests

  • Human Security Studies
  • Election Politics in Africa
  • Humanitarian Studies and the Global Responsibility to Protect
  • Governance and Development
  • Human rights Protections
  • Regional Studies
  • Identity Politics and Social Cohesion
  • Migration and Human Security

Contacts

E-mail      pdzimiri@gmail.com
Cell           0839913288
Tel             0124206493

Cori Wielenga at Building Bridges in a Complex World conference, 06-08.07.2017

Govinn researcher, Cori Wielenga, had the opportunity to present her work at the Building Bridges in a Complex World conference was very innovative in its approach and the way in which it was framed. It challenged mainstream academia both in terms of substance and process. As stated in their framing documents, academic events tend to stress certain hierarchies and power relations that turn academic discourse into ‘pretentious competitive performances’. Instead, this conference was set up to create safe spaces for genuine dialogue and the creative exploring of ideas together.  A thread running through the conference was that the ‘neoliberal’ paradigm has affected both our teaching and research such that we have reduced these to products that need to be churned out and consumed. Conversations centred around how we can revive a research and teaching culture of inquiry and critical open-mindedness.

The research Cori Wielenga presented at the conference was on rethinking justice through listening to communities. It drew on fieldwork undertaken in Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Burundi and emphasised the centrality of engaging with the lived experiences of communities on their own terms in order to understand what justice means in these contexts, and how justice is practiced in these contexts, in the absence of the state, or alongside existing state institutions which are often alienating and ineffective. The discussion emerging from the paper revealed a shared interest in undertaking research in a way that reflects a sensitivity to the context and allows findings to emerge that might challenge preconceived ideas and theories.

The recommendations the paper made included exploring ways in which policy might be developed from below. What would policies look like that were developed by communities, and reflected their lived experiences?

Nelson Alusala

Robin Bourgeois

Erika Dahlmanns

Cori Wielenga

Thinah Moyo