The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) program addresses bringing both peace and prosperity to affected regions in Africa. Our goal is to create a cohort of "peacemakers" trained to address conflicts in African nations and prevent violence and war.
According to OxFam’s 2007 report, Africa’s Missing Billions, conflicts in Africa since the end of the cold war have cost over $184 billion dollars, the equivalent of all foreign aid received over the same period. Almost half of the countries on the continent have been involved in some form of conflict since 1990 at a substantial cost to lives and development. This is money that could be used to provide education, water, build hospitals, schools, and roads - positively affecting millions of people. The long lasting effects of armed conflict undermine the ability to bring people out of poverty. The report compares African countries afflicted by violence with those at peace. Nations at war have, on average, 50% more infant deaths, 15% more undernourished people and life expectancy reduced by five years. Indirect deaths are 14 times higher than deaths in combat.