March 2015

Current ALC Fellow Moses Onyango, published "Postcolonial Politics in Kenya" as a chapter in the edited volume, The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa, by Kenneth Omeje (ed.). This volume is published by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa is an assemblage of transdisciplinary essays that offer a spirited reflection on the debate and phenomenon of postcoloniality in Africa, including the changing patterns and ramifications of problems, challenges and opportunities associated with it.

Contributors: Dauda Abubakar, John M. Kabia, Jeremy Keenan, Chris M. A. Kwaja, Pamela Machakanja, Macharia Munene, Tim Murithi, Martha Mutisi, Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Kenneth Omeje,Moses Onyango, Douglas A. Yates

Download the introduction here


28th February 2015

By Godwin Murunga

Republished from Saturday Nation

 Last week, the African Leadership Centre jointly hosted a three-day conference at Wilton Park. Bringing together over 40 academics and policy practitioners from around the world, the conference, supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, focused on peacebuilding in Africa.

There were participants from core institutions operating in the peacebuilding terrain in Africa including academics from universities, research centres and practitioners from the AU, East African Community and the UN. The discussion was rich, touching on conceptual questions around definition of peacebuilding to empirical ones on the transformations in the terrain and how these are challenging old approaches to peacebuilding. The conference discussed innovations in African peacebuilding and alternative perspectives evident in peacebuilding interventions in Africa.

February 16, 2015  

By Albert Mbiatem

Republished from AfSol Blog

Additional or unlimited presidential terms and their actual and potential consequences are still rampant in Africa. With reference to the recent socio-political instabilities in Tunisia, Egypt, and Burkina Faso, there is enough evidence to presume other risks of conflict escalation across the continent when popular demands are undermined by some regimes. The recurrent prevalence of personal interests over national interests is to a large extent portrayed by the attitudes of presidents amending or seeking to amend the constitution in favour of their eligibility for supplementary or unlimited mandates. Thus, I argue that personalised leadership seeking eligibility for additional mandates by barring the way to an opened political emergence is a trigger of socio-political instabilities and an imminent threat to peace and security in Africa. In order to ascertain such eligibility and subsequently twig to power, incumbent presidents with the support of their self-interested collaborators manipulate popular perceptions via referenda or parliamentary votes.

  Selam Terefe

Our alumni Selam Terefe and Birikit Terefe have been selected to be part of the East African Acumen Fellows. Through ACUMEN they will participate in fighting poverty and changing lives across East Africa through unique initiatives that range from providing much-needed ambulance services to helping make hygienic sanitation more accessible and affordable to empowering young women to start viable agro-enterprises.


Thursday 12 February 2015

Panel Discussions: Peace Talks 12: Kenya: Water, power, people and peace

Water is critical for peace. It sustains communities and their livelihoods. Its scarcity can lead to tensions and even violence. In countries such as Kenya, competition over water and land has fuelled conflict, exacerbated by poverty, ethnic grievances, poor governance and climate change.

Everybody has the right to water. But as demand grows and supply decreases, how do we manage water in a fair, sustainable and peaceful way? In this Peace Talks, a panel of experts discuss these issues and identify possible ways forward.

The discussion was held as part of our 'Peace blooms' photo exhibition and pop-up flower shop at Hoxton Gallery (10-15 February 2015), and the launch of Peace Audit: Kenya. Join the conversation by following @intalert and using #PeaceBlooms.


  1. Sir Edward Clay, former British High Commissioner in Kenya
  2. Moses Onyango, Lecturer at US International University in Nairobi; Fellow at the African Leadership Centre
  3. Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert
  4. Martin Plaut (Chair), Journalist specialising in Africa; Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Followed by drinks and food provided by Masterchef's Emily Amuke.

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