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South to South Collaboration: Catalyzing Pan African Youth Leadership

South to South Collaboration: Catalyzing Pan African Youth Leadership

The African continent faces a number of security and development challenges, including irregular migration, human trafficking, and violent extremism. African challenges are often framed as needing “African solutions”--that is, developing and deploying indigenous resources and leadership to advance transnational security and catalyze political, social, and economic liberation from the legacy of colonial rule and post-colonial systems. Facilitating south-south partnerships that transcend national borders requires building a new generation of African leadership that is ethical, community-oriented, and above all, transformational. Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi is the president and founder of the Pan-African Leadership Institute, an executive education center with the aim of developing holistic, conscientious, and entrepreneurial leaders for Africa. In this month’s Transformative Conversation, Catalyzing Pan-African Youth Leadership for Transformative Peace, Dr. Osei-Kusi will discuss how education can be used to harness the inherent potential of Africa’s youth and cultivate leadership that fosters good governance, catalyzes economic innovation, and transforms the fabric of African communities. The conversation will further explore the gap between youth development policy frameworks and their implementation in Africa, the significance and operationalization of an African framework for effective leadership, and Dr. Osei-Kusi’s vision for how pan-African leadership will transform the future of the continent.
The Critical Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding
Religious Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Peace

Religious Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Peace

In 2021, global levels of governmental restrictions on Freedom of Religious Belief are at an all-time high, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated tensions around the world and fueled discrimination and violence against religious minorities. Now more than ever, it is critical to understand how religious frameworks can be harnessed as a positive force for transformation to guarantee a more peaceful future. While religion can divide communities, it can also be harnessed as a force for positive transformation by advancing shared values of empathy, nonviolence, and human dignity. Religious actors have long played a role in both grassroots and official peacebuilding efforts, including by acting as mediators, setting the vision for transitional justice efforts, and mobilizing communities of faith to prevent and cease conflict. Yet, the field also faces many challenges, such as bridging intra-religious polarization, ensuring the inclusion of women and youth, and overcoming structural inequities within religious institutions themselves. In this vein, Transformative Peace is excited to be hosting its fourth Transformative Conversation with Rev. Dr. Fatimah S. Salleh and Ms. Omar Manal on Religious Approaches to Peacebuilding. The speakers will examine the state of religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in the world today, including the impact of COVID-19, the new tools being used by religious peacebuilders to transform conflict, and the potential for religious peacebuilding to contribute to lasting social and transitional justice.
Violent Extremism: Setting Priorities for Research
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