Dean's Message

The main obstacle to development in a country is poor governance, insecurity and elusive peace. This impact of poor governance, insecurity and elusive peace breeds myriads of problems that hinder development in most of African countries. Indeed, disruption of peace and ensuing conflicts is a common phenomenon and affects every aspect of human society. The underlying causes of conflict and threat to peace are many and complex with undesirable ramifications on the stability of human society. Therefore understanding the multifold and inter-related causes of violence and conflict and creating the conditions for moving out of authoritarianism into a culture of peace and democracy remains a major challenge in the world today and more particularly in Africa. Stakeholders in conflict resolution, security and peace building require skills not only to mitigate the impact of conflicts but also to formulate effective strategies in conflict resolution and peace building and consequently the need for formal training to achieve this objective.

With this, I welcome you all to the peace and conflict department of Africa Nazarene university.


Why Us

The heads of private and public bodies are increasingly calling people whose expertise are in peace and conflict studies. Africa is being faced with a rising backlog of destructive conflicts, which deters peace leading to underdevelopment. Such conflicts have been experienced in Kenya, as well as surrounding countries like Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, and others. On national and international levels some of the root causes of these destructive conflicts are: tribal/ethnic conflict, unequal distribution of natural resources, and poverty among others. In a low level of conflict, other root causes have been attributed to injustice in court cases, cattle rustling, water competition, revenge missions, the cost and delay of justice, crime in the streets, domestic violence, disorder in schools, ongoing conflict in various workplace settings, and people generally unable to cope with the stress of modern living among others. All these contribute to a pressing need of peacemakers, mediators, and facilitators capable of resolving destructive conflict with justice. To excel in this capacity, peace and conflict studies practitioners need a thorough understanding of practical peace and conflict resolution theories effective for leading the world from destructive conflict to peaceful coexistence. The development of perspectives and skills in peace, justice, and conflict resolution are relevant in the general areas of private business, the arts, national and international nongovernmental organizations, and national, regional and international government bodies, as well as church related organizations.

 

Our Distinctiveness

  1. Diversity of Program Content

The distinctiveness of our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. While Peace, Government and Security Studies degrees are interdisciplinary and draw on politics, sociology, history, philosophy, international relations, economics, anthropology, development and psychology. Our teaching and research is centered on the analysis of peace and conflict from the international to the local level and the related issues of security, social justice, human rights and development

  1. Market Edged program

The international reputation of Peace and Conflict Studies and the rigor of our courses mean that our graduates are attractive to employers in a wide range of fields including business, journalism, the civil service or working for international NGOs or multilateral bodies.

  1. Teaching and Research

We will engage you critically in practical and policy debates, simulations and group exercises, focusing on developing an understanding of key global problems in the 21st century. We host lectures by leading policymakers from international organisations like UNDP etc


Accreditations Networks and Affiliations of the school / department

The program is approved and accredited by the commission for university education (CUE)


Contact us

Phone:
+254733874111, +254733898573


Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Name
Dr. Emily Okuto
Qualifications

PhD in Peace and Conflict studies – Masinde Muliro University of Science and technology.

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Kenyatta University

Bachelor of Education (Arts) – Kenyatta University

Areas of Teaching and Specializations
  • Peace
  • Governance
  • Security
Contactseokuto@anu.ac.ke

Name
Dr. Philip Kairu Thuo
Qualifications

Asbury Theological Seminary PhD, Th.M

Earlham School of Theology MA

University of Nairobi BA

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Community Development and Intercultural Studies

Contactspthuo@anu.ac.ke

Name
Joseph Mutungi
Qualifications

Ph.D Candidate – Peace and Conflict Studies – Kisii University, Kenya

University of Nairobi – Master of Arts in International Conflict Management

Moi University – Bachelor of Education (Arts), First Class Honours.

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

 

  • Peace
  • Governance
  • Security

 

Contactsjmutungi@anu.ac.ke

  • MORAA GITAA

    Africa Nazarene University students have continued to make us proud with their many achievements, today we celebrate Moraa Gitaa!

    Moraa,is a Peace and Conflict Studies student, a blogger and also an author of one of Kenya’s best-selling novel, Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold.

    Gitaa’s first full-length novel, Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold centers on two characters: Lavina, an African woman living with HIV, and Giorgio, an Italian man whom Lavina meets on vacation.

    Gitaa’s second novel is Shifting Sands. Gitaa’s recent work is a crime fiction novella, Hila, YA Burt Award winning title The Shark Attack! And children’s book, The Con Artiste

    She has been featured in anthologies including Author-Me Author Africa Anthology (2011), Author-Me Author Africa Anthology (2008), and G21 The World’s Magazine – Africa Fresh! New Voices from the First Continent (2007).

    She has published a number of short stories that include “Searching Me”, “Katsanga Kenye”, “The Devil is in the Detail”, “To Serenity via Perdition”, “Diplomatic Impunity”, “Obscure Oddities”, “From Shifting Sands to Deeper Dimensions”.

    Gitaa is currently working on a semi-autobiography/ inspirational book and one on Dyslexia.

    Indeed,What begins here, Transforms the world!

  • ANU Wins Big at Nestlé’s ‘My Own Business (MYOWBU) Ya Campo’ Comp.

    ANU’s Peace Club emerged winners at the Nestlé’s NESCAFE MYOWBU Ya Campo competition winning a USD 1,000 in cash prize, defeating University of Nairobi, Technical University, St. Paul’s University and Jomo Kenyatta University.

    The competition targeted the highest number in sales of cups of coffee, each University having being facilitated with a coffee dispenser, one case of NESCAFE 1.6g and one case of 3in1 coffee sachets, hot water flasks and disposable cups as start-up capital.

    According to Nestlé Professional, Country Business Manager Paul Nagelkerken, the winning clubs were judged based on innovative marketing strategies (consumer preference and revenue gene ration) and sales volumes in a competition that run in the period of July 2014 and January 2015. ANU came in joint first position with Kenyatta University (KU) selling 4,360 cups of coffee against KU’s 4,500 sales. He further explained that each club was to define the number of sellers and strategic areas or events that would drive up their sales, for example student centres and graduations.

    The ANU Peace Club students will also have an opportunity to secure internships with Nestlé Kenya.

    We congratulate ANU’s Peace Club for their resilient effort and win.

    Truly, “What begins here, transforms the world.”

  • Paix d‘Elegance Dinner - Peace is a Lifestyle: Looping Linkages with Industries

    It was an elegant affair of paix (French for peace) at the Weston Hotel on March 27, 2015 when the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies held its inaugural dinner themed “Peace is a Lifestyle: Looping Linkages with Industries”.

    Graced by Mrs. Maria – Threase Keating, UNDP – Kenya Country Director and Head of United Nations Volunteer Programme, Vice Chancellor Prof. Leah Marangu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Rodney Reed, Nairobi Campus Director Prof. Orpha Ongiti, Chair of Department Dr. Solomon Njenga, the dinner attracted the attendance of the Department’s faculty and students key amongst them Senator and Chief Whip Senate Hon. Beatrice Elachi, Senior Directing Staff at the Kenya Defense Forces, Brigadier Joseph Kivunzi and Senior Administration Police and Government Spokesman Mr. Masoud Mwinyi – the dinner’s Master of Ceremony.It was apparent that the Department has had an impact on its student as evidenced in their shared testimonies.

    Expressing his delight, Brigadier Kivunzi asserted that ANU has played a pivotal role in his career at the Kenya Defense Forces. “ANU has allowed me to appreciate the value of knowledge as it complements my daily undertakings in my career” said Brig. Kivunzi. “My professionalism is deeply rooted from the knowledge I have attained at ANU which has catapulted my daily work at the Forces.”

    “As an alumni and still a student, it is my duty within peace to have an Act of Parliament that addresses peace for all of us.” said Senator Beatrice Elachi. “I am proud to say that I am a peacemaker of character and integrity, core values instilled in me by ANU that have guided me as I seek to excel.”

    International student Major Gloria Mukwinzi, stressed on the benefits of the program and its impact on her personal life. “I will impact those who are out there with my acquired knowledge on conflict and peace keeping issues. I am an ANU ambassador and I will invite others to ensure that peace prevails in Tanzania and the world.”

    In her address to the Department’s students, Mrs. Keating applauded the students for their commitment in pursuing their chosen degrees and shared her professional journey to which she attributed her passion and motivation towards a peaceful world as her inspiration.

    “If you value something and are passionate about it, you will be motivated to do it. Sacrifices you have each made are because of your strong passion. ” said Mrs. Keating.

    Mrs. Keating urged the students to draw from the traits and values that have been instilled in them from a young age and from ANU in order for them to execute their chosen professions dutifully.

    Vice Chancellor Prof. Marangu commended the Department for its remarkable growth comparing it to a mustard seed. She went further to assert the crucial role of higher education in promoting and fostering peace in the world as she acknowledged the Department’s students who have excelled in primary transformative leadership roles in the country.

    Dr. Njenga in his address celebrated the Department’s zealous students and tremendous growth citing it as the only fully-fledged progression program offering certificate to graduate courses with plans to introduce PhD program in Governance, Peace and Security.
    “Our aim is to produce competent individuals, competent peace makers, competent security analyst who will in turn go out and change the world. We have our own Senator Elachi, over 10 Members of Parliament, 50 senior police officers, and over 60 officers in the military.” said Dr. Njenga. “We call upon our students to go into the world and preach peace. We belief that peace is a lifestyle; a way of life and a system of a peaceful worldview.”
    “I am grateful to the Department for organizing this dinner.” said Mr. Mwinyi. “Let us all remember that peace is the foundation of the earth and we all have an enormous responsibility to ensure that peace prevails.”

    We thank the Department through its Chair Dr. Njenga and the overwhelming support of his faculty and students for hosting a successful dinner. God Bless you all.Truly, “What begins here, transforms the world.”

  • ANU Wins Big at Nestlé’s ‘My Own Business (MYOWBU) Ya Campo’ Comp

    ANU’s Peace Club emerged winners at the Nestlé’s NESCAFE MYOWBU Ya Campo competition winning a USD 1,000 in cash prize, defeating University of Nairobi, Technical University, St. Paul’s University and Jomo Kenyatta University.

    The competition targeted the highest number in sales of cups of coffee, each University having being facilitated with a coffee dispenser, one case of NESCAFE 1.6g and one case of 3in1 coffee sachets, hot water flasks and disposable cups as start-up capital.

    According to Nestlé Professional, Country Business Manager Paul Nagelkerken, the winning clubs were judged based on innovative marketing strategies (consumer preference and revenue gene ration) and sales volumes in a competition that run in the period of July 2014 and January 2015. ANU came in joint first position with Kenyatta University (KU) selling 4,360 cups of coffee against KU’s 4,500 sales. He further explained that each club was to define the number of sellers and strategic areas or events that would drive up their sales, for example student centres and graduations.

    The ANU Peace Club students will also have an opportunity to secure internships with Nestlé Kenya.

    We congratulate ANU’s Peace Club for their resilient effort and win.

    Truly, “What begins here, transforms the world.”

Title of PartnershipThe Ambassador Francis K Muthaura Foundation Scholarships
Description Of Partnership

The Ambassador Francis K Muthaura Foundation Scholarships that are

awarded to Masters and Ph.D students at any Kenyan University and it aims to

provide a transformative opportunity for the scholars. The Scholarship is

awarded for programs within these six thematic areas

o International Relations

o International Law

o Diplomacy

o Regional Integration

o National Cohesion

o Leadership

Eligibility Criteria
1. Focused and talented

2. Value based and integrity founded

3. Excellent Academic performance – 1st  Class or upper 2nd Class or its equivalent

4. Good track record and social contributions

5. Must be Kenyans

6. Must be 35 years & below

7. Exceptional talent, publishers, showing active leadership

 

Application Requirements

1. 3 Referees: 1 Academic, 1 Senior Public Officer/ Senior Professional

and 1 Religious Leader

2. An application letter demonstrating you have the intent and the need

for the award

3. Certificate of Good Conduct (application receipt)

4. A one thousand six hundred word essay

 

Frequency Of Offering PartnershipAlways
Dates Of ApplicationMay
Application DeadlinesSeptember
Instruction For Submission Of Applications

Go to www.afkm-foundation.org/scholarship- application-form or Email

application to info@afkm-foundation.org