STREAM: Humanitarianism and perpetuation of war violence in Africa

STREAM: Humanitarianism and perpetuation of war violence in Africa

This stream invites scholars to critically examine the importance of humanitarianism and peace keepers during prolonged civil wars in Africa.
On the one hand, the emergency and international organizations provide humanitarian aid and psychosocial support to war affected people, on the other, scholars presently argue that their presence in war zones, and in collaboration with states and armed groups unintendedly act as a machinery for perpetuating war violence.

Confirmed panels

Panel 1: Military/conscription

Chair: Holly Porter

Discussant: Kristof Titeca

  • Peace and security interventions in Africa: a new form of militarism?, iñiguez de heredia, marta, (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Skewed Humanitarianism and its Impact on Prolonged Civil Conflict in Africa: The South Sudan Example, Adiat, Abiodun, Aliru, (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  • Forced Conscription and Amnesty: dealing with war massacres in northern Uganda, Akello, Grace, (Gulu University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Mental Health. P.O. Box 166, Gulu, Uganda., Kampala, Uganda)
  • ‘Ebola is a real rebel’: Negotiating humanitarianism in Sierra Leone  Lipton, Jonah, (Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom)
  • The Politics of Everyday Humanitarian Practice in the DR Congo: Negotiating for Access with Armed Groups in North Kivu, James, Myfanwy, (University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Panel 2: Politics of intervening

Chair: Tim Allen

Discussant: Grace Akello

  • ‘The data is gold, and we are the gold-diggers’: Reflections on race and new data collection practices in eastern DRC, Marchais, Gauthier, (Institute of Development Studies, London, United Kingdom)
  • Biafra: The Politics of Relief Supplies, 1967-1970, Obi-Ani, Ngozika, Anthonia, (Department of History and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nsukka, Nigeria)
  • Return and rejection of former combatants in northern Uganda, Parker, Melissa,(Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom) and  Allen, Tim,(London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom)”
  • Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East Region of Nigeria, Audu, Bem, Japhet, (Department of History and War Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria., Kaduna, Nigeria)
  • Exploring local and international mechanisms of rehabilitating former Lords Resistant Army (LRA) youth in transitional centers in Northern Uganda, Mwambari, David, (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)


Organisers: Grace Akello ( & Holly Porter (

For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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