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Al Shabab's Impact on Peace in Somalia and the Horn of Africa

"The growth of Al Shabab in Somalia and the group’s embrace of Sharia law undermine the traditional conflict solving mechanisms of Somali society. Achieving progress toward peace in the region will likely require stemming the tide of Al Shabab’s re…

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Excerpt: "The semi-autonomous north-eastern Somali region of Puntland, once touted as a success of the 'building blocks' approach to reestablishing national stability and widely viewed as one of the most prosperous parts of Somalia, is experiencing…

Islam in Africa

"There are not many ideological options in Africa and I consider the chances for Islamic expansion in Africa to be as good as, if not better than, ever before. I have tried to present a brief sketch of the spread of Islam in Africa, its diversity an…

Changes in Dutch society and their implications for Netherlands-South African relations

This paper discusses the changes in Dutch society that influenced the political development of the country. The religious divide was the cause of discrimination. Therefore a system was developed to ensure the stability that the Dutch experience in t…

Conflict Resolution Wisdom From Africa

"This is a very well written and detailed book about conflict resolution wisdom in Africa. It begins its narratives with a detailed but concise narration of African history and then gradually moves on towards modern times. It focuses very well on th…

Somalia: A Nation without a State

This report summarises four seminars in a series entitled “Somalia – a nation without a state”. These took place in October and November 2007. The title of the seminar series refers to the fact that although Somalis share a common culture, language …

iDovers Working for Peace in a COVID-19 World

The African Union’s iDove initiative provides a youth-led platform for peacebuilders in Africa, Asia and Europe. Drawing on the soft power of religion, it aims to foster creative approaches to the prevention of violent extremism. This policy brief e…

Mapping Dynamics and Perceptions of Violent Extremism: A Study of Nature, Drivers and Perceptions of Muslim Women and Girls Toward Violent Extremism in Kenya

To date, research on Violent Extremism (VE) has devoted less attention on the place and role of women in recruitment and radicalization. As a result, strategies and programs aimed at preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) have largely bee…

Celebrating Eid Al-Adha amid soaring prices in Egypt

Many Egyptians marked the annual Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha this week with the traditional sacrifice of a sheep, cow or goat, despite deepening economic hardships that livestock traders say have weakened demand. Muslims in Egypt – who make up ar…

The role of Nigeria's faith-based organisations in tackling health crises like COVID-19

Religion has continued to play an important role in the Nigerian public’s perception of the coronavirus disease and the willingness to take the newly developed vaccine. In an April 2020 NOI Poll Survey conducted to ascertain the public’s perception …

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