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. more



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Prof. Owen Sichone


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:

  1. Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich;
  2. University of Geneva;
  3. American University in Cairo;
  4. Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion, Tata Institute of Social Studies, Mumbai;
  5. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Intituto de Investigacines Historicas;
  6. Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Accra; and
  7. 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:

  1. Integrated Kafue River Catchment Area Management Project Baseline Studies
  2. Collective action and service delivery in Meanwood Housing areas of Ndeke Village, Kwamwena and Vorna Valley
  3. Youth mobilization and Elections violence; and
  4. Cultural Use, Security Issues and Management Challenges in Mopane Woodland Resources in Kakumbi and Nsefu Chiefdoms of the Luangwa Valley, Eastern Province, Zambia