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Chronic Violence and Non-Conventional Armed Conflict in Africa

22 March 2016
10:00 - 11:30

Date:     22 March 2016
Time:     10:00 to 11:30
HSRC Building, Pretoria (Forum 150)

Chair:  Prof Alphonse Keasley
Assistant Vice-Chancellor: University of Colorado
Boulder, United States of America

Opening Welcome:    Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director: AISA in HSRC, South Africa


Prof Tony Karbo    
Director: UN-mandated University for Peace, UPEACE  Karamoja Cluster Project, Uganda

Prof Pamela Machakanja    
Director: Institute of Peace, Leadership and  Governance, Africa University, Zimbabwe

Prof Karen Miner-Romanoff    
Associate Provost for Academic Quality and  Director: International Institute for Innovative Instruction, Franklin University, Ohio, United States of America


Prof Yvonne Sliep    
Honorary Professor: School of Applied Human Sciences, University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mr Crispin Hemson  
Director: International Centre of Nonviolence, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Dr Sylvester B. Maphosa  
Chief Research Specialist and Acting Head: Governance and Security, AISA in HSRC, South Africa

Violence shatters lives. Though conflicts among (African) nations diminished at the end of the last millennium, positive change in many societies is not happening rapidly and effectively. As countries traverse differently the journey of a democratic revolution agenda the trajectory of social progress is a mix of success and challenges.
Self-reproducing systems of chronic violence driven by a complex combination of structural factors and behaviors, cultures, and practices undermine democratic dispensation for violence reduction.

In schools and communities, many young people are hurting. This is a high risk factor for human security and national development objectives including the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. Indeed, progress has been made in many areas and governments are improving inclusive political space. However, extant dividends are still not achieving the outcomes necessary to ensure adequate progress in creating peaceful relations and a ‘better life for all’. What is it that we know and we can know about positive change and peaceful relations of enduring human security?

 HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.


 Pretoria : Forum 150 HSRC Conference Centre, Ground floor, Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: or Sam Lekala e-mail