Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Welcome to the Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Welcome to the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (DHIPS) at the Copperbelt University is the forbearer of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair of Peace, Human Rights and Conflict Management established on 11 November 2002 but officially launched on 26th February 2003. The ceremony to launch the chair featured a keynote address from Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary General, UN and special Adviser, to then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
The initiative was in memory of Dag Hammarkjold, the Second Secretary-General of the United Nations who was killed in 1961 in an aircraft crash in the vicinity of the City of Ndola, the Provincial Capital of the Copperbelt Province. He was on a United Nations Mission to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Congo, later to become the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Chair, whose pro-active instrument was envisaged as that of research, workshops, colloquims and seminars on peace, human rights and conflict management was operationalized through the setting up of DHIPS and the appointment of a Director. The Institute has plans of relocating to the vicinity of the crash site.
The Institute's role was determined in 2003 by five components of the Dag Hammarkjold Living Memorial Initiative (DHLMI), a collaborative project between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the Zambian Government, the Swedish and Nordic Missions in Zambia and the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. The components are summarized below as follows:
Component 1 : To conduct reseach, workshops, colloquiums and seminars in peace, human rights and conflict management including the inaugration of a Lecture Series inspired by Mary Robinson's presentation at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). In the past this component has been operatiionalized through deliverables such as the conference proceedings "from Dag Hammarkjold to Date: The Genesis and Evolution of the Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict" held in Kitwe, Zambia from 27th to 29th July 2005. The other deliverable was a monograph, 'Civil-Military Relations in Zambia published in 2004;
Component 2 : To carry out in-depth research and studies on Zambia's role in the sub-regional, regional and international peace negotiations, including Zambia's active role in the UN Peace Keeping and Electoral Observer Missions abroad. In this respect DHIPS would serve as a coordinating hub for other institutions in the country and beyond;
Component 3 : To conduct research in the Triangular Areas of Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development as presented to the WSSD by Mary Robinson and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Topler. The Institute endeavours to work with other institutions and individuals in undertaking this component;
Component 4 : To provide integral linkage of the Chair and now the Dag Hammarkjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, with other programmes and dimensions of the DHLMI such as refugee dimensions and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The Institute undertakes in depth research through Special Research Fellows (SRFs) with their work culminating into doctoral dissertation and consequently contributing to research work by DHIPS;
Component 5 : To carry out research and conduct workshops in order for the chair and now DHIPS, to define conflict and recognize conflict management as a combination of dispute prevention and resolution. Graduate students are conducting both conceptual and empirical studies, which, as an MA graduation requirement are earmarked for publication under DHIPS and other publishing houses. The work of the Strategic Studies Group (SSG) is expected to bolster the Institute's research agenda. The Institute undertakes periodic seminars, some of which are with high-level local and international speakers.
Vision and MissionThe Vision for the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace Studies is:
Find something to live for and great enough to die for. Dag Hammarskjöld SWEDISH DIPLOMAT, ECONOMIST, and AUTHOR
In fulfilling this vision, the Institute has the following Mission Statement:
Undertaking teaching, research at a high institution level and community service in peace, human rights, conflict management and sustainable development; enhancing the process of regional integration; and contributing to regional and international peace, stability and cooperation.
The Institute strives to keep alive the memory of the late Dag Hammarskjöld. In this regard, DHIPS is currently contributing to regional peace, stability and cooperation, through interactions with the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as well as with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); including with a myriad of other universities, Centres and Institutes on the African continent and beyond. The Institute is also involved in policy research work on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) with the AU and the Government of Egypt.
Further, the Institute participates in the “Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context” programme for the Southern African Region sponsored by the British Government and supported by the British Defence Academy and the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom as well as in some activities of the Zambian Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (ZIDIS) and the Zambian government.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace Studies conducts lectures, academic and policy research, in the area of human rights, governance and peace building; human security and development; and environment, sustainable development and peace including defence and security management and diplomacy and strategic studies. The Institution also disseminates information designed to mitigate conflict and enhance peaceful co-existence within and between communities and states.
The Institute’s other responsibilities include outreach programmes in the themes mentioned above. In this regard the outreach programmes, target institutions, organisations and settlements within Zambia, with the objective of contributing to the enhancement of peace education. The subjects include women and the youth in peace building; democratic governance; and the promotion of peace and conflict resolution education, especially to Zambians living in areas bordering refugee camps.
The objectives of the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace Studies are to:
- Provide quality graduate level training in peace and conflict studies and subsequent provision of post-graduate and under-graduate programmes;
- Undertake academic research in the furtherance of an enhanced understanding of peace and conflict issues and development of new knowledge;
- Undertake policy research in areas requiring urgent attention and development of strategies to mitigate conflict and enhance development through a myriad of means, including through the development of a strategic cell;
- Undertake out-reach activities and short courses intended to enhance consciousness of the value of peace; and
- Afford education with an institution of higher learning for peace and with the aim of upholding, among all learners the spirit of consideration, forbearance (tolerance) and peaceful co-existence.
Governance of DHIPS
As a university-based institution, DHIPS is organically linked to the Copperbelt University. However, the nature of the Institute’s work requires that it also assume some peculiarities in its make-up to meet the demands of think tanks. The broader emphasis on research components such as the strategic studies cell is a case in point. Consequently the governance structure for the Institute comprises of an Advisory Board; Board of Studies; Post-Graduate Committee; Research Committee; and an Executive Committee/Promotions and Appointments Committee.
The Director provides both strategic and operational leadership for the Institute. A Board of Studies assists the Executive Committee; Research Committee; which meets once per term or as required. The Executive Committee assisted by a Board of Studies; Research Committee meets once per semester or as required.
The Advisory Board is envisaged to meet once per year or as required, advises on strategic policy and other management matters, which affect or may affect the Institute. It is proposed that Mr. William Nyirenda SC, a well-respected lawyer with a background of strategic leadership in the peace and conflict area through his connection as Governor of Rotary International, becomes its inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board and that its membership (11) be drawn from the following institutions:
- United Nations;
- Swedish Embassy;
- Copperbelt University;
- Zambia Institute for Diplomacy and International Studies;
- Representative, African Union (AU);
- Representative, Southern African Development Community;
- Representative, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden;
- Representative, Levy Mwanawasa Institute of Good Governance;
- Representative, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
- Representative, European Union Mission (EU)
Methodology, Activities and Projections
The DHIPS activities shall comprise of lecturing, desk and field research and out-reach activities through workshops, roundtable discussions, seminars and conferences.
The DHIPS shall gather information relevant to its research output in accordance with high ethical standards, respecting human rights and general well being of research subjects. In conducting field research, the DHIPS shall ensure that it complies with all the principles that are aimed at protecting the dignity and privacy of every individual who, in the course of the research, will be requested to provide personal or commercially valuable information about him/herself or others.
These institutional activities and their timeframes are reflected in table 3 below.
Description Peace education short training courses School peace training The Dag Hammarskjöld Journal on Peace and Conflict Studies Lecture series
|1||Lectures in human rights, governance and peacebuilding; human security and development; and environment, sustainable development and peace for training aids, supplementary teaching and guest lecturers($10,000 per year)|
|2|| Research activities in the following identified areas at $100,000 per year
|3|| Out-reach activities
Prof. Owen Sichone
BA (UNZA), MA (Sussex), PhD (Cambridge)
Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us. To build a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just. Dag Hammarskjöld: 22 December, 1953 UN Ambassador , Diplomat
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Welcome to DHIPS and hope you will find courses research projects that will be of interest to you. This year we are taking in our first undergraduate students. The bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies will provide a broad based foundation for future entry into the Copperbelt University’s Law Programme, postgraduate courses in Peace and Conflict Studies at CBU and elsewhere as well as the more practical daily work of peace research and conflict management that will be useful for police, military and prisons officers, social workers, trade unionists and a whole lot of other professions concerned with social wellbeing. PhD students will be able to choose between the coursework based Joint PhD in Governance, Peace and Development (PGPD) and the regular PhD by research. The Joint PhD in PGDP be co-taught with Uganda Martyrs University, and UPeace Africa Program. It is envisaged that other partner-universities currently involved in the will joint at a later stage. The idea for the Joint programme came about as a result of the identified need to upgrade staff to PhD level in peace and conflict studies. The first cohort will be sponsored in part by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. We shall also be running short courses in conflict management, gender and sexuality, and environmental security in conjunction with other public service institutions but also open to members of the public. Watch this space for further details. Exciting research projects currently underway include Economic and Social Research Council-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, which is being managed and coordinated by the Centre for African Cities at UCT. Stream 3: Poverty in Urban Spaces involves Prof Sichone, Dr Bwalya and Mr from the School of the Built Environment. The Ethnic Power Relations Project which is a collaboration between DHIPS and the following partners:
- Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich;
- University of Geneva;
- American University in Cairo;
- Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion, Tata Institute of Social Studies, Mumbai;
- Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Intituto de Investigacines Historicas;
- Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Accra; and
- Institute for Peace - Addis Ababa University.
The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Development Agency Research for Development (R4D) initiative ( see http://www.r4d.ch ) .
Other research projects currently being implemented by DHIPS staff include:
- Integrated Kafue River Catchment Area Management Project Baseline Studies
- Collective action and service delivery in Meanwood Housing areas of Ndeke Village, Kwamwena and Vorna Valley
- Youth mobilization and Elections violence; and
- Cultural Use, Security Issues and Management Challenges in Mopane Woodland Resources in Kakumbi and Nsefu Chiefdoms of the Luangwa Valley, Eastern Province, Zambia
About the Director
Graduated from University of Cambridge in 1991 with a Ph.D., in Anthropology
Before that he was a student at University of Sussex from which he graduated in 1982 with M.A. in Sociological Studies. His alma mater is the University of Zambia where he obtained his first degree in 1980, B.A. Sociology and African Development Studies.
He took up the position of Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, in March 2013 after serving as a sociology professor at Mulungushi University where he also acted as Dean School of Social Sciences and Vice Chancellor.
From 1980 when he graduated from the University of Zambia Professor Sichone has taught many southern African students in a variety of settings:
|2008-10||Anthropology and Archaeology Department, University of Pretoria|
|2008-10||Anthropology and Archaeology Department, University of Pretoria|
|2008-10||Anthropology and Archaeology Department, University of Pretoria|
|2005||Held the Nelson Mandela Chair of African Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University,|
|1998-2008||Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town|
|1995-1998||Regional Masters in Policy Studies Sapes Trust in conjunction with University of Zimbabwe, Dar es Salaam and Fort Hare.|
|1992-1996||Department of Social Anthropology, Witwatersrand University|
|1982-1992||Department of African Development Studies, University of Zambia|
RESEARCH COORDINATION AND MENTORING
While participating in many Sapes Trust projects, Prof Sichone served as the Coordinator of Governance Programme Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies, 1996-98
Supervisor of University of Cape Town Wenner-Gren Fellowship for African research students in social anthropology 1998-2008;
Taught Quantitative Research Methods Seminar for UPeace Africa., Addis Ababa 2009; and
Qualitative Research Methods Seminar for ISS, Pretoria Central Africa Governance Project, 2009.
He has also served as a mentor for many social Science Research Council Fellowship winners:
|2001/02||Proposal reviewer, selector and research advisor. ‘Understanding Exclusion, Creating Value: African Youth in a Global Age Youth Violence, Activism, and Citizenship Fellowship’|
|2003/04||Proposal reviewer, selector and research advisor ‘Understanding Exclusion, Creating Value: African Youth in a Global Age Youth, HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation Fellowship’ sponsored by Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), in partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)|
|2004||Resource person: Youth in Organized Violence Workshop, Social Science Research Council/Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, 9-11 December.|
|2013-15:||Research Proposals reviewer Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program.|
Programmes of Study
- Masters of Arts Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies
Specializing in :
- Defence and Security Management
- Diplomacy and Strategic Studies
- Environment , Sustainable Development and Peace
- Human Rights , Governance and Peace Building
- Human Security and Development
Rules & Regulations
Context of Progression
The trimester system (three months in an academic year) is adopted for the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies Programme. Students are required to take a specified number of courses at each stage.
Each student will at the end of each term (stage) receive grades in each course taken and the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated. A cumulative Grade Point Average will also be calculated.
Progression through Stages
A Student shall proceed to stage II and III regardless of the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) obtained at the end of stages I and II,
A student must have gained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of stage III to proceed to stage IV
The programme must be completed within maximum period of 3 years.
Every Student shall be required to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials given in each module in any term, on a regular basis.
Training in Peace and conflict Studies covers the whole spectrum of social relations. Graduates will be able to take part in arbitration, conflict management and peacebuilding or academic research in Development Studies, Human Resource management, Peace Keeping, Gender and Human Rights and Diplomatic Service.
Some of our Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies Graduates include:
- Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager
- Zambia Police Training Director
- Solwezi High Court Judge
- Deputy Commissioner of Prison Service
- Deputy Commissioner of Police – Headquarters
- VSO Project Manager
- Director, Kitwe Institute of Teachers Education College
- Zambia Revenue Authority, Officer – Direct Tax Division, Lusaka
- SASO, Ministry of Education,
- Provincial Officer, Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
- Part time Lecturer, DHIPS, CBU
- Manager, Nakambala Sugar Company, Mazabuka
Research & Projects
- Environment and Climate Change Challenges in the SADC Region and their effect on the Security dimension
- Fragility of Africa’s Security Architecture;
- Information Technology and Peace and Conflict in Africa
- Maritime Piracy in the West Indian and Atlantic Oceansram
- Sustainable Human Development
- Strategic Vision of Zambia’s socio-economic and political environment
- Threats to Nationhood (Focus on Zambia; with possible extension to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Kenya; and youth and Conflict Theory
The academic and policy research focus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is reflected by the graduate programme’s areas of specialization, human rights, governance and peacebuilding, human security and development; environment; sustainable development and peace; defense and security management; and diplomacy and strategic studies. It is also influenced by Dag Hammarskjöld’s own work environment and deeds; making peacekeeping, diplomacy and the general international relations discourse, the major dimensions of the Institute’s research interest. The Institute has been working on the African Union’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development and strategy development.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies also disseminates information designed to mitigate conflict and enhance peaceful co-existence within and between communities and states. The Institute’s other responsibilities include outreach programmes in the themes mentioned above. In this regard the outreach programmes, target institutions, organizations and settlements within Zambia, with the objective of contributing to the enhancement of peace education. The subjects include women and the youth in peace building; democratic governance; and the promotion of peace and nonviolent transformation and resolution of conflicts education, especially to Zambians living in areas bordering refugee camps. The following are among the research projects being developed:
Special Lecture Series
From the initial deliverables of monograph (Civil-Military Relations in Zambia) and the conference (‘From Dag Hammarskjöld to Date: The Genesis and Evolution of the Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict’) proceedings published in 2004 and 2005 respectively, the Institute as part of its general peace education, remains committed to holding Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture Series. Soon the Kenneth David Kaunda and Sustainable Human Development Lecture Series will be developed and commissioned.
On the other hand, in fulfilling Component 1, of the Dag Hammarskjöld Living Memorial Initiative (DHLMI), the Institute has continued to pioneer and pull together scholarly platforms on various topics, notable among these are:
- Presentations on Challenges of Preparing for and undertaking Peace Support Operations in Africa with expert input from the British High Commission; UN Africa Mission-Hybrid Operations in Darfur, Ethiopia; and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
- Lecture on Dag Hammarskjöld’s briefcase in Ndola: A Peace Challenge for our time by His Grace, K.G. Hammar – Former Archbishop of the Church of Sweden
- Presentations on Contemporary Threats to African Security by experts from the Royal Navy UK Defence Concept and Development Centre; African Centre for Migration and Society; Regional Climate Change Programme-Southern Africa; and Brenthurst Foundation;
- Lecture on China-Zambia Relations for Economic Relations by His Excellency Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Zhou Yuxiao,
- Presentation on the Coverage of Peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the New York Times, by Professor Virgil Hawkins,
- Seminar on the UK’s Perspectives on Global Strategic Trends; Threats to Economic growth and stability in Africa; Climate Change Flashpoints; The Effects of Transnational Crime in particular Piracy and Narcotic on African Security with expert input from UK Defence Concept and Development Centre; Brenthurst Foundation; and Global Crisis Solutions.
Academic and Administrative Staff
Environment, Sustainable Development and Peace
Human Rights, Governance and Peace building
Human Security and Development
Calendar & Resources
The Director, Dag Hammarkjold Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies, The Copperbelt University, Jambo Drive, Riverside, P.o.Box 21692, Kitwe, ZAMBIA