The Nordic Africa Institute


A Shared Commitment

African-Nordic Peace and Security Cooperation

A Shared Commitment

Monrovia, Liberia, June 2022. People celebrating a mass Action for peace, organised by the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo, EPA.

Started • 01 March 2023

Over the past decade, the Nordic countries have strengthened their relationship with African states and societies by supporting the African Peace and Security Architecture and promoting African involvement in conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts. This is one of the main conclusions drawn in a new report on African-Nordic peace and security cooperation from the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).

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The report is open access available and can be downloaded for free

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The report – A Shared Commitment: African-Nordic Peace and Security Cooperation – offers an overview of the partnership between African and Nordic countries in peace and security from 2012 to 2021. It features original case studies on Nordic country cooperation with African actors and institutions, across an array of efforts, including support to peace processes, building capacity and training for inclusive conflict management, contributing to peace operations, and advancing gender equality, climate adaptation and resilience.

The report also includes perspectives on cross-cutting themes such as women, peace and security, youth, countering violent extremism, and partnership with the African Union. It aims to be a resource for the policy community, mapping African-Nordic cooperation, in pursuit of peace and security in Africa.

The report is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can download the full report for free at External link, opens in new window.


About the editors

The report was edited by Cedric de Coning and Angela Muvumba Sellström.

Cedric de Coning (PhD) is a Research Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) and a Senior Advisor to the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He is Norwegian and South African, and has 30 years of experience in African and international peace and security.

Angela Muvumba Sellström (PhD) is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. She is Swedish and Ugandan and has over 25 years of experience in the peace and security field in Africa. Her areas of expertise include policy research on women, peace and security, conflict-related sexual violence, and the role of non-permanent states in the UN Security Council.

About NUPI
The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) carries out research and disseminates findings on global power relations, security policy, development issues, international economics and Norwegian foreign policy. For over 60 years, it has been a leading institute for research and communication about international issues of importance and relevance for Norway.

About NAI
The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) conducts independent, policy relevant research, provides analysis and informs decisionmaking, with the aim of advancing research-based knowledge of contemporary Africa. The institute is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden.


This report was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Nordic Africa Institute.

You can also find information about the report on NUPI's website External link, opens in new window..