ICON has active linkages with a number of other African universities.
In DR Congo, we are linked to Sub-Saharan Africa University in Goma. Two SSAU staff spent three months with us in 2016 developing curricula in peace studies and ICON has been the major sponsor of SSAU’s annual Peacebuilding Conference . Five DVDs prepared by ICON for the 2017 conference can be viewed at http://www.icon.org.za/current/.
In June, 2019, we ran a five day workshop – ‘Developing postgraduate studies in peacebuilding’ – at La Sapientia Universite Catholique in Goma. The main aim was for each of the six participating universities to start developing a strategic plan to commence their own peacebuilding programmes. Secondary aims included promoting the use of participatory action research and strengthening relationships between universities in the Great Lakes region.
In 2017, Prof Geoff Harris spent a month with the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies at the University of Seychelles http://www.manchampeacecentre.com/, during which he developed plans for a master’s degree in peace studies and for an academic journal covering peace issues in the Indian Ocean region. He was subsequently appointed Honorary Professor at Unisey.
In September 2019, an MOU between ICON and Unisey was signed was signed. A new MA in Peace Studies, initially taught by ICON staff, is very likely to commence at Unisey in 2020.
Together with Grace to Heal, a significant NGO based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Dr Kaye and Prof Harris have helped develop a new master’s degree in applied conflict transformation studies (ACTS). See http://copafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ACTS-Africa.pdf As part of the ACTS coursework, Dr Kaye and Prof Harris run 10 day residences in Bulawayo each year to equip students to develop their research proposals. Students who complete the ACTS coursework and meet SAQA requirements then register for a master’s with us. Arrangements are being made for those who do not meet SAQA requirements to complete their master’s with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe.
Early in 2018, Prof Harris and Dr Sylvia Kaye began discussions with the Moshoeshoe I Institute of Leadership and Peace at the National University of Lesotho, with the aim of developing a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies.