Angela Muvumba Sellström

Dr. Angela Muvumba Sellström is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala, Sweden and has contributed to policy research in Africa, Sweden and internationally for over 20 years.

At the university, she carried out multiyear research on conflict-related sexual violence, focusing on preventive approaches taken at the level of armed actors and organizations in Africa. She also taught on post-settlement implications of amnesties; active listening and ethical approaches to peacebuilding; and designed and convened the Department’s post-graduate course on gender, war and peace.

She is one of the 250 scholars that jointly authored the 2018 report Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, of the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), contributing to the chapter on violence, on the topic of sexual and gender-based violence.

At the Nordic Africa Institute, she leads research on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, focusing on its elected member states and how African and Nordic governments can influence outcomes in favor of Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.

Dr. Sellström is on the Advisory Council of the non-governmental organization, Fight for Humanity; a member of the Board of Directors of the Life and Peace Institute (LPI); and a non-resident fellow of the International Peace Institute.

Geographic expertise

  • Eastern, Southern and Central Africa (regional perspective)
  • Burundi
  • South Africa
  • Uganda.

Topical expertise

  • The UN Security Council processes
  • The African Union and regional economic communities/mechanisms
  • Peacekeeping
  • African militaries
  • Armed actors and organizations
  • Conflict-related sexual violence
  • Women, peace and security


  • Swedish
  • English


New holders of the 1325-scholarship for women, peace and security

Three new peacebuilders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pales-tine and Afghanistan have been selected as this year’s recipients of the schol-arship in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. For the first time, the scholarship, established in the memory of Zaida Catalán, is awarded to women from all three countries where Catalán worked as seconded from FBA.

2023-05-17 11:23

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Strategic peace mediation and dialogue efforts to shift conflict systems

When working with or in complex conflict systems, including on dialogue, peace mediation or peace process support, a critical question is how we can best contribute to positive substantive shifts in these systems. FBA’s two thematic units working with dialogue, peace mediation and peace process support have explored these issues during the last few years. During this time, Anita Ernstorfer, an expert in peacebuilding and long-standing FBA consultant, has been a key partner in this conversation.



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