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ATPS Executive Director Dr. Nicholas Ozor Engages in Democracy, Governance, and Peacebuilding in Africa Discourse at SVNP’s 2023 Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas Ozor, Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), is actively participating in the prestigious 2023 Annual Conference of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP). This notable event is being held at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Nicholas Ozor Chairing a Session during the 2023 Annual conference of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP)

Dr. Ozor’s significant role at the conference includes chairing a vital session focused on “Examining the Future of Democracy, Governance, and Peacebuilding in Africa.” This session promises to provide invaluable insights and perspectives on these critical topics, contributing to the ongoing discourse on peace and stability in the African context.

The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) is a formidable coalition of 22-member organizations, with its headquarters located at the renowned Wilson Center in the United States of America (USA). ATPS proudly stands among these esteemed member organizations. The SVNP’s overarching mission revolves around harnessing African knowledge to shape U.S. and international peacebuilding policies concerning Africa.

Furthermore, SVNP is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of African peacebuilders through its scholarship program. It seeks to create a robust pan-African network of African peacebuilding organizations, practitioners, and experts. This collaborative network aims to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned in the field of peacebuilding across the African continent.

Dr. Ozor’s active participation in this conference underscores ATPS’s commitment to advancing peacebuilding efforts in Africa and fostering meaningful collaboration with like-minded organizations and individuals. In his presentation, Dr Ozor addressed the main triggers of insecurity and conflicts in Africa that can disrupt peace including food and nutrition insecurity, climate change induced impacts, and poverty and unemployment. He underscores the need to apply science, technology, and innovation on the one hand and good governance on the other hand in resolving most of these societal challenges plaguing Africa and indeed the whole world today. Stay tuned for updates from this vital event, as we continue our unwavering dedication to promoting peace, stability, and sustainable development across the African continent.

ATPS Executive Director Dr Ozor and Guest Speaker Dr. Jakkie Cilliers who is the founder and former Executive Director of the ISS and currently the Chair of the ISS Board of Trustees