AHDA Alumnus Co-Authors Report on Mental Health and Peacebuilding

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Friederike Bubenzer, a 2015 Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) Fellow, co-authored a new report on post-conflict mental health and psychosocial support processes as they relate to the peacebuilding. The report, titled Mapping Global Practice: Mental health, psychosocial support and peacebuilding, assesses the extent to which NGOs around the world are currently integrating peacebuilding and mental health and psychosocial support into their work.

The report surveys 75 respondents representing 62 different organizations from 25 countries. Of those, 92 percent agreed that interventions aimed at building sustainable peace would benefit from an approach which connects peacebuilding and mental health. Click here for the full report.

Friederike Bubenzer is Senior Project Leader in the Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town, South Africa. In this capacity she contributes to the building of peacebuilding, social cohesion and reconciliation processes with policy makers and civil society leaders in South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. She also coordinates IJR’s Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship and Alumni Programme. She is the co-editor of ‘Hope, Pain and Patience: The Lives of Women in South Sudan’ (Jacana, 2011) and is passionate about furthering inclusive dialogue and action around social justice issues across Africa.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the War Trauma Foundation collaborated on the report.