AWG: The Africa Working Group

About Us


The Africa Working Group (AWG) for conflict and peace studies was founded in the summer of 2004 within the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida.

Since its envisioned conception, the AWG continues as a joint project between faculty, students, and alumni interested in the subject of peace and conflict studies on the African continent.

AWG'S Motto

Our motto is anchored on three fundamental principles- -Accompaniment (walking together), Engagement (learning together), and Progress (moving forward together).

Objectives and Mission
  1. To advance a deeper understanding through research & publication of general patterns of conflicts in contemporary Africa;
  2. To provide DCAR faculty and students with avenues outside the classroom, to critically examine & modify, wherever appropriate, the theories and models relative to social conflict now emerging in academic institutions and practices. Activities undertaken by AWG are designed to augment the DCAR degree curriculum & experience;
  3. To develop collaborative relationships with universities and related organizations in Africa regarding research and practices in social conflict and conflict resolution;
  4. To support DCAR students interested in pursuing research on critical topics in Africa, such as indigenous conflict resolution processes, resource-based conflict, and ethnic conflict;
  5. To develop a network of scholars and practitioners in the African continent, with the guidance from DCAR alumni;
  6. To provide a social support system to DCAR students and faculty by organizing social events;
  7. To organize panels and conferences on selected topics regarding conflicts in Africa;
  8. AUGMENTING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE of all students, with particular emphasis on the needs of students from developing societies.

The AWG leadership envisions the development of an institute that will elevate the profile of the DCAR degree programs, while assisting the creation of models and theories of conflict resolution suited specifically for the African experience and conditions of conflict. The Institute will be a LEARNING COMMUNITY OF EQUALS for the enhanced understanding of all who wish to reduce, resolve, and manage conflict in Africa.