In 2012-13 two researchers will examine the use of arts and culture-led initiatives in conflict resolution and peace-building.
Using the grant-funded projects as case studies, the researchers will work closely alongside the organisations supported to contextualise their projects as well as evaluate their impact. It is anticipated that the research will generate new insights that could connect arts and cultural policy with mainstream post-conflict initiatives for economic, social and community development.
Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed from Pakistan (Researcher for Asia)
Zahid has just completed a PhD in Political & International studies, examining the work of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation which promotes the economic and social progress, and cultural development of the South Asia region. He previously worked for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Pakistan managing the Regional Centre on Conflict Transformation for Asia, and has undertaken various teaching posts covering topics such as Political Ideologies and International Relations.
Joshua Nyapimbi from Zimbabwe (Researcher for Africa)
Joshua Nyapimbi from Zimbabwe has been appointed the researcher for Africa. A cultural policy expert, Joshua is founder of Nhimbe, Zimbabwe’s leading cultural policy advocacy organisation. He is also a country representative for Arterial Network, and Chairman of the Zimbabwe Theatre Association.