SSRCs APN and Next Gen hold training workshops for fellows

By Prof. Kennedy Mkutu

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in partnership with USIU-Africa held a workshop to engage, exchange ideas and network with colleagues in Kenya working on peace building and development on Monday, January 7, 2019. Two of SSRC’s Africa-related programs, the African Peace building Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen), also held workshops and was attended by recipients of their grant and fellowship awards from across Africa.

The Next Gen workshop provided a forum for thirty fellows who are at various stages of doctoral degrees—developing their research design, undertaking research, or writing their doctoral theses—to think more deeply about their dissertation research, develop connections, share experiences and insights with colleagues, and draw upon the vast experience of distinguished facilitators and mentors to advance their doctoral research and progress towards completing their dissertations.

The APN workshop focused on the writing and dissemination of research findings by 2018 grant recipients after six months of APN-supported field-based research projects. It combined lectures, working group sessions, and one-on-one dialogues with mentors, all of whom are well-published experts in the field of peace building. The fifteen APN grantees will be able to engage with each other’s research, network, receive constructive feedback on their draft manuscripts based on their APN-supported research, share their research findings, and learn strategies on disseminating the results of their research projects.

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