Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes

Several countries in the African Great Lakes Region are at a crossroads in peace, security and justice. Fears for unrest are real in Burundi as the elections draw closer. Preparations for constitutional changes most recently caused a political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While these developments preoccupy national debates, the regional dimension deserves more attention.

This panel discussion looked more closely at the current developments alongside the challenges and opportunities for regional peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region.

How are relevant regional actors trying to address these issues, including the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the Southern African Development Community and the African Union? And what role can or should international stakeholders, like the Netherlands, play?

The panel discussion began with a keynote from a senior representative of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presentations by leading African peacebuilders from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and a researcher from The Hague Institute for Global Justice, followed by questions from the audience.

Key country contexts included Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

For media inquiries, please contact: Erwin Tuil, Head of Communications at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Speakers:

  • Corina van der Laan
    Head of Stability & Rule of Law Division, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Patrick Kanyangara
    Coordinator Great Lakes Project, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
  • Moffat Kamau
    Program Manager, Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa (NPI-A) and GPPAC Regional Representative for Eastern and Central Africa
  • Tessa Alleblas
    Researcher, The Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Amb. Nikola Dimtrov, Welcome Remarks
    Distinguished Fellow, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Marte Hellema, Moderator
    Program Manager Public Outreach, GPPAC Global Secretariat

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