Life & Peace Institute

Since its formation, LPI has carried out programmes for conflict transformation in a variety of countries, conducted research, and produces numerous publications on nonviolent conflict transformation and the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding. The main focus of their work has been on Africa, with the Horn of Africa Programme being established and well-known in the 1990’s. Currently conflict transformation programmes are being run in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions in partnership with local civil society organisations and universities in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). http://life-peace.org/

Library Articles

Policy Advocacy in Peacebuilding

Published: 2017
LPI decided to explore the theoretical and practical nexus between advocacy and peacebuilding and how advocacy could be used to address immediate as well as structural peacebuilding challenges. The purpose of the toolkit is to introduce peacebuilders to the theories and tools behind advocacy and how they can be utilised to complement peacebuilding efforts. While the contents of this resource pack...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 March-April 2017

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Published: 2017
The panoramic article by Desta reviews the Information and Communications Technology for Peace (ICT4P) literature on the Horn of Africa (the Horn) and showcases the varying levels towards which peacebuilders in the Horn have been able to exploit the internet and social media for conflict transformation and peace-building. The article by Yilma highlights internet access and policies in Ethiopia....

Horn Of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No. 1 January-February 2017

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Published: 2017
This January-February issue focuses on the elections in Somalia and their impact on the future of Somalia. This issue also addresses the interface between the elections in Somalia and their impact on ‘Somaliland. Faduma Abukar’s article is particularly insightful in this regard being based on direct reportage of events just before and after the elections. Her article captures the unrestrained joy...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No. 6 November-December 2016

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Published: 2016
"The opening article by Semiha Abdulmelik, who also served as guest editor, provides not only an exhaustive overview of the institutional and normative framework underpinning the WPS agenda at the global and African levels, but also identifies entry points for African Member States and institutions to have an impact on global policy and practice on UNSCR 1325. Jeanine Cooper’s article titled...

A Year after Valletta: What has Changed?

This HAB issue focuses on the large volume of people migrating from the Middle East and Africa - fleeing conflict or poverty and heading to Europe. This issue coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Valletta Summit on Migration held in November 2015. In the first article “Inter-state and multilateral collaboration on migration and mobility in the post Valetta era: Key issues” the article...

The Political Economy of Extractives in the Borderlands

The first contribution titled: Extractives in the Horn of Africa: Regional potential and challenges by Muhumuza Didas discusses government legitimacy, among others as a critical factor for the success of the extractive industry; the need for communal literacy on the nature of the extractives to manage expectations; engagement deficit (local governments capacity gaps to manage the sector) and the...

Kenya Exploring Peaceful Coexistence in Nairobi's Urban Settlements, Eastleigh, Majengo, Mlango Kubwa

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Published: 2016
The aim of this research project was to increase CCMRE’s and LPI’s understanding of the complex web of mechanisms affecting (strengthening or weakening) communal coexistence and social cohesion in two sub-administration units of Kamukunji Sub-County and one sub-administration of Mathare Sub-County of Nairobi. The key findings fall under three interrelated themes: Socio-economic challenges-Most...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No.3 May-June 2016

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Published: 2016
"The text of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force in December 2014, has been hailed as a milestone in facilitating the regulation of international arms transfers. Africa countries where instrumental in the process; forty seven African states voted yes and Kenya codrafted the text of the Treaty. This issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) is a joint issue involving Oxfam...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No.2 March-April 2016

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Published: 2016
"The articles submitted for this issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin interrogate and explore many of the contradictions alluded to earlier in the fusion of peace-building, humanitarianism and developmental interventions. The article by Jens Pedersen is an incisive and critical theoretical engagement and interrogation of the tendency to fuse peace-building, humanitarian and developmental...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No.1 January-February 2016

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Published: 2016
In ‘Countering violent extremism: Challenges in policy and practice’ the Horn of Africa has witnessed its share of attacks by movements designated as terrorists. The rising incidence of these attacks, the endurance of the Al Shabaab in Somalia and the expansion of its activities into Kenya, point to the continuing relevance of efforts to counter terrorism. In ‘Violent extremism in the Horn:...

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