This project is investigating the nature and scope of non-state actors’ contribution to security, peace and justice in Ghana and Liberia, and their interaction with state and international groups and institutions.

  • Project dates: 2013
  • Funding: DFAT Development Research Awards Scheme

Non-state, societal providers of security are a fundamental part of how security and justice work for people on the ground in much of sub-Saharan Africa. A better understanding of these dynamics is a pre-requisite for constructive support of social peace, effective governance and sustainable economic and social development.

The project was awarded a total of $704,309 in funding as part of the DFAT Development Research Awards Scheme. Central to the design and conduct of the project is a partnership with researchers at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana (KAIPTC), a Centre of Excellence for training, education and research in peacekeeping and security.

Key People

Lead researchers

Associate Professor Anne Brown

Associate Professor Anne Brown

Principal Research Fellow, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Charles T Hunt

Dr Charles T Hunt

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Understanding and working with local sources of peace, security and justice in West Africa

Dr Volker Boege

(Fellow, UQ)

Partner Investigators

    • Prof. Kwesi Aning (Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC)
    • Dr Thomas Jaye (Deputy Director for Research, KAIPTC)
    • Ms. Nancy Annan (Research Associate, KAIPTC)

Partners

    • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana
    • Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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