The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is pleased to announce the release of: Whose Peace Are We Building? Leadership for Peace in Africa, authored by Youssef Mahmoud with Albert Mbiatem. This is the first book to come out of ALC's programme on Leading Practitioners Reflections on Peace and Security in Africa.
The Leading Practitioners programme was established as part of the effort to buttress ALC's training programme with a strong research component that focuses on new themes drawing from our experiences from previous research. Leading Practitioners Visiting Fellowships connect the experiences of practitioners with the learning needs of Fellows at the ALC as well as students at King’s College London and in partner universities in Africa. Practitioners are also engaged in sharing their experience by developing their reflections into a full-fledged research work.
This book is the product of the inter-generational collaboration that characterises the Leading Practitioners’ programme, which has successfully inducted eight practitioners paired with ALC alumni. As Research Aides to the Leading Practitioners, ALC alumni study the practitioners' life-stories; they collect and collate data; and document the practitioners' experiences in contexts of peace and (in)security for in-depth analysis.
This first book is the product of three years of collaboration between ALC Visiting Professor Youssef Mahmoud, who is also a Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Dr. Albert Mbiatem, ALC Alumnus and member of ALC’s Central Africa Hub. Before retiring from the United Nations in January 2011, Professor Youssef Mahmoud was the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). From 2007 to 2009 he served as the Executive Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi and prior to that he held several other UN senior positions. Professor Mahmoud's experiences of leading these two UN missions feature prominently in the book. He draws on these experiences to offer insights into how leadership might be exercised to help restore and nurture peace.
More details about the book, which is published by IB Taurus, Bloomsbury Press and the first in a new series titled African Perspectives on Peacebuilding and Leadership in collaboration with the ALC, can be accessed here.
ALC will shortly publish reviews of this book and will soon announce details of a virtual book launch. Please watch our social media spaces for more on this.