The pervasive nature of conflict, insecurity, and under-development in the post cold war period has had far reaching implications for peace and development in Africa. In Africa today, the number of people without access to opportunities, and resources is on the increase. Wars and internal conflicts are destroying lives and properties as well as creating millions of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The failure of many African states to provide human security and human development, the increasing marginalisation of Africa by forces of globalization, the inadequacies of dominant approaches to the management and transformation of African conflicts, as well as the collapse of traditional conflict management mechanisms have all made it necessary to develop innovative development and conflict transformation models suitable to Africa’s socio-cultural environment.
The Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS) is therefore a response to the need for innovative, effective, and efficient Afrocentric conflict transformation and development methodologies. Thus, the core philosophy of the Institute is succinctly encapsulated in the statement of the former United Nations Secretary –General Mr. Kofi Annan that “The prevention of conflict begins and ends with the promotion of human security and human development” It aims to develop these through research and by equipping a core of African practitioners with the intellectual and practical skills to identify, prevent or transform potential conflicts for sustainable development and human security.