The Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women bring together African women at the early stages of their career to undertake a carefully designed training programme in Leadership, Development and Security at the ALC.
The fellowship programme is designed to expose young professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and equip them for careers in this field.
The programme is funded by the Open Society Institute and the African Women’s Development Fund. One aim is to challenge the existing tendency that reinforces male-dominant discourse on conflict and security-related matters. It also develops a network of African women scholars working in the field and links them with the peace, security and development mechanisms of African regional institutions.
There is a comparatively low level of women involved in peace and security issues, especially compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. There is also a need to assist African women in meeting the demands of the Beijing process and more recently, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This calls for the inclusion of women at all decision-making levels in "all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts."
Phase 1: Six months of full-time study of a MA-level course in leadership, security and development at the ALC. The Fellows also have mentoring sessions on leadership, development and peace and security, delivered by a global network of renowned experts on these issues. Plus, they will study and visit various global institutions working in the field of peace and security.
This phase will end with a simulation seminar during which a mock conflict management situation will be practiced.
Phase 2: Fellows are attached to an African regional organisation, research institution or centre of excellence to undertake practical work in the field of leadership, peace and security, including peace and conflict management processes.
The announcement for the 2019-2020 Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Women is now open