16th October 2019: As Ghana prepares for general elections in 2020, concerns are rife over heightened conflicts and violence that characterize such exercises. Recent happenings at the by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon is evidently one of the reasons for a seeming sense of insecurity among the public.
As a key actor in peacebuilding in Ghana and the sub-region, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is inviting contributions for a follow-up publication of the Third Editionof its ManagingElection-Related Conflict and Violence for Democratic Stability in Ghana,in advance of the 2020 elections. This is in fulfilment of the Centre’s commitment to deepening Ghana’s democratic governance through free, fair and peaceful elections.
The proposed publication, like the ones before it, seeks a detailed analysis on the current security threats in Ghana as it enters another electoral cycle. Also, it will scrutinize what makes the country hold together in spite of the threats identified by examining the resilient sources and mechanisms. The expected contributions from scholars of Ghanaian or African politics must again make prognoses into the future of Ghana’s democratic journey and conditions for sustaining the relative stability in the country. Each contributor will receive a copy of the book when published.
The following are guidelines on submissions and dates;
All contributions must have 6000 word limit for each chapter, 300 for abstracts and APA referencing style. Some important dates and contact details of Editors are as follows;
Abstracts should be sent with a short biographical note (max 150 words) to the Editors using the following emails addresses;
Kwesi.Aning@kaiptc.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the call, expected submissions for the third publication must cover but not limited to;
The first edition of the Managing Election-Related Violence for Democratic Stability in Ghana, published by the KAIPTC in 2012 interrogated what explains Ghana’s susceptibility to electoral violence and the likely occurrence of armed conflict, in spite of the country’s enviable democratic credentials? What has been the impact of violence on Ghanaian politics and how has the country coped with it? What explains the resistance of violent electoral politics to change, despite the ubiquitous presence of formal and informal democratic institutions in Ghana? How does violence impact various groups and individuals, particularly women, when they seek to gain access to the political centre in Ghana? What can be done to ensure that democracy thrives and endures in Ghana?
The second edition, published in 2016, explored the anomaly of the increasing acceptance of violence and its functional utility in Ghana’s democracy from varied perspectives. These questions and concerns according to experts remain as pertinent today as they were then.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.