The Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (DHIPS) at the Copperbelt University is the forbearer of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair of Peace, Human Rights and Conflict Management established on 11 November 2002 but officially launched on 26th February 2003. [...]

The Institute's role was determined in 2003 by five components of the Dag Hammarkjold Living Memorial Initiative (DHLMI), a collaborative project between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the Zambian Government, the Swedish and Nordic Missions in Zambia and the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. The components are summarized below as follows:
Component 1: To conduct reseach, workshops, colloquiums and seminars in peace, human rights and conflict management including the inaugration of a Lecture Series inspired by Mary Robinson's presentation at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). In the past this component has been operatiionalized through deliverables such as the conference proceedings  "from Dag Hammarkjold to Date: The Genesis and Evolution of the Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict" held in Kitwe, Zambia from 27th to 29th July 2005. The other deliverable was a monograph, 'Civil-Military Relations in Zambia published in 2004;
Component 2:  To carry out in-depth research and studies on Zambia's role in the sub-regional, regional and international peace negotiations, including Zambia's active role in the UN Peace Keeping and Electoral Observer Missions abroad. In this respect DHIPS would serve as a coordinating hub for other institutions in the country and beyond;
Component 3: To conduct research in the Triangular Areas of Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development as presented to the WSSD by Mary Robinson and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Topler. The Institute endeavours to work with other institutions and individuals in undertaking this component;
Component 4: To provide integral linkage of the Chair and now the Dag Hammarkjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, with other programmes and dimensions of the DHLMI such as refugee dimensions and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The Institute undertakes in depth research through Special Research Fellows (SRFs) with their work culminating into doctoral dissertation and consequently contributing to research work by DHIPS;
Component 5: To carry out research and conduct workshops in order for the chair and now DHIPS, to define conflict and recognize conflict management as a combination of dispute prevention and resolution. Graduate students are conducting both conceptual and empirical studies, which, as an MA graduation requirement are earmarked for publication under DHIPS and other publishing houses. The work of the Strategic Studies Group (SSG) is expected to bolster the Institute's  research agenda. The Institute undertakes periodic seminars, some of which are with high-level local and international speakers.
Dag Hammarskjöld Institute of Peace Studies (DHIPS)
Copperbelt University
Riverside Campus

Prof. Owen Sichone
Prof., Director
Prof. Naison Ngoma
Prof., Vice-Chancellor Copperbelt University, Former director