The East African Community (EAC) has relaunched the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research as part of its effort to improve peace and security, good governance, and foreign policy in the region. This revival of the research centre, which had been inactive for the past decade, is a result of a collaboration between the EAC and Arcadia University in the USA, as well as the American Graduate School in Paris, France.
The purpose of the research centre is to provide the EAC with timely and empirical research on peace and security matters in the area, ensuring that the policies adopted at the EAC level align with international legal standards. It embraces Tanzania's late President Nyerere's vision of a prosperous East Africa built on tenets of peace, freedom and democratic transformation, and as such, provides a resource centre where members of the Community can meet to discuss relevant issues, share information and effect peaceful change.
Speaking at the event held at the EAC Secretariat, EAC Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki said that Mwalimu Nyerere stood for peaceful and united Africa and that the Community committed to his dream for peace through the revival of the Centre.
“This Centre will be a Resource Centre where scholars and East Africans interested in security and peace research and studies will formulate policies, establish think tanks, share information and become agents that embrace ideals of peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Further, Dr Mathuki added that the centre would work with development partners to create programmes to provide opportunities for the youth in the region including scholarships and fellowships for research on peace and security.
The Centre will bring together scholars and students to work together for the attainment of the EAC vision of a peaceful and prosperous region.
Article by Jedidah Mwangi