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African Institute for Conflict Resolution (AICR)

This project, African Institute for Conflict Resolution (AICR), is a joint venture between GLR and UCB(1), and will develop the capacity of Africans in conflict resolution and contribute to building the fragile peace currently emerging throughout the sub-Saharan continent and preventing future outbreaks of violence. Realizing that promoting education and research into conflict analysis and identifying conditions for capacity building is one of the best roads toward sustainable peace, AICR will develop studies on the conditions of war and peace, and their relationship to the development of social justice and human rights, with a special emphasis on the recently war ravaged territories of the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa.  As a research facility, AICR will specialize in the study of the ethnic, political, ideological dimensions of conflicts and will work with governmental, non-governmental, national and international entities for training professional peacemakers who will be prepared to work in a dynamic environment.  As an educational institution, AICR will develop and implement an undergraduate curriculum, and Undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  The emphasis of both research and educational programs shall be building the peace in the local, regional, national and international communities.  The central lesson of the AICR will be to teach the idea that there can be competition without conflict, and that conflicts can be resolved by rules without violence.

Project Goals

  1. Create an operational facility at UCB to act as a physical hub for AICR and for its faculty and students.  This includes the necessary library and information technology and storage facilities to empower the AICR to achieve its mission throughout the Great Lakes region;
  2. In partnership with the Schools of law at UCB and the Universities of Rwanda and Burundi, organize a formal curriculum (undergraduate and graduate) that would educate students in issues of conflict resolution, peace keeping, and peace building, by defining characteristics or conditions (political, cultural, social, economic, and/or anthropological) of war and peace;
  3. Promote regional and sub-regional conferences, seminars and other exchanges of experience that will help to better understand the issues of conflicts and peace building through partnerships and work collaboration with educational institutions, governmental, non-governmental, national and international entities;
  4. Implement strategies and mechanisms for the diffusion of results of research on conflict and peace building and for making peace and conflict information related available to the public as well all other interested parties; and
  5. Ultimately, provide a keystone setting in an enlarged transnational process of dialogue and reconciliation throughout the Great Lakes region of East Africa in particular, and all sub-Saharan African countries in general.

(1) The Catholic Archbishop of Kivu, Monsignor Xavier Maroy, also is the Chancellor of UCB.  As such he has authorized the location of AICR on the campus of UCB and its operation in conjunction with the existing Research Center in Human Rights, the UNESCO Chair of Human Rights and the School of Law at UCB.