This project is investigating the nature and scope of non-state actors’ contribution to security, peace and justice in Ghana and Liberia, and their interaction with state and international groups and institutions.

  • Project dates: 2013
  • Funding: DFAT Development Research Awards Scheme

Non-state, societal providers of security are a fundamental part of how security and justice work for people on the ground in much of sub-Saharan Africa. A better understanding of these dynamics is a pre-requisite for constructive support of social peace, effective governance and sustainable economic and social development.

The project was awarded a total of $704,309 in funding as part of the DFAT Development Research Awards Scheme. Central to the design and conduct of the project is a partnership with researchers at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana (KAIPTC), a Centre of Excellence for training, education and research in peacekeeping and security.

Key People


Associate Professor Anne Brown

Associate Professor Anne Brown

Principal Research Fellow

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Dr Charles T Hunt

Dr Charles T Hunt

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow

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Understanding and working with local sources of peace, security and justice in West Africa

Dr Volker Boege

(Fellow, UQ)

Partner Investigators

    • Prof. Kwesi Aning (Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC)
    • Dr Thomas Jaye (Deputy Director for Research, KAIPTC)
    • Ms. Nancy Annan (Research Associate, KAIPTC)


    • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana
    • Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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