After a change of leadership in October 2003, CCR outlined a new pan-African vision for the organisation's Africa Programme that built on the successes of the previous Africa Programme (1996-2003).

Africa Programme (2016-2020)
The overall theme of CCR's Africa Programme in 2016-2020 is Strengthening Africa's Security and Governance Architecture. The immediate objective of the programme is to build the capacity of African institutions and actors to manage conflicts and to address governance challenges more effectively in their local communities, countries, and sub-regions. CCR will also seek to provide key stakeholders with the knowledge and skills that they need to strengthen Africa's security and governance architecture, while ensuring the inclusion of strong African voices in policy and academic debates on key challenges facing the continent.

Africa Programme (2012-2016)
The focus of CCR's Africa Programme between July 2012 and June 2016 was on Peacebuilding and Region-Building in Africa. During this period, the Centre's capacity-building training interventions focused on: 1) Gender and Peacebuilding; 2) Human Rights and Conflict Management; 3) HIV/AIDS and African Militaries; and 4) Sustained Interventions in Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Sudan. CCR's policy research focused on: 1) Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in Africa; 2) Region-building and Regional Integration in Africa; 3) Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa; 4) Strengthening South Africa's Bilateral and Multilateral Foreign Policy; and 5) the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU).

Africa Programme (2008-2012)
The overall theme of the Centre's Africa Programme between July 2008 and June 2012 was Peacebuilding in Africa. During this period, the Centre focused on the challenges of peacebuilding and peacekeeping in Africa, with a particular emphasis on how to ensure that countries emerging from war do not relapse into conflict.

Africa Programme (2004-2008)
Between July 2004 and June 2008, the Africa Programme focused on the theme of Strengthening African Institutions and sought in particular to capacitate the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in the area of conflict management.

The Programme has conducted research on South Africa's role in Africa; the United Nations (UN) in Africa; the AU and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); and HIV/AIDS and Security; as well as training interventions focused around specific issues like conflict resolution and human rights; gender and peacebuilding; early warning; and media and conflict.

The Africa Programme is built around two synergistic pillars: the Capacity-Building and Training Project; and the Policy Development and Research Project.

Funders of the Africa Programme

  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy in South Africa
  • Embassy of Finland, South Africa
  • Foundation for Human Rights (FHR)

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