Rebuilding Higher Education Institutions in Post-conflict Contexts: Policy Networks, Process, Perceptions, & Patterns

Ane T. Johnson, Rowan University
Pascal Hoba, UbuntuNet Alliance


This research explored the rebuilding of a public university, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, in the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire, destroyed as a result of a highly contested Presidential election. We began by viewing rebuilding as the result of policy networks, a pantheon of interdependent actors cooperating and competing to address policymaking. Then we investigated the characteristics of these efforts, focusing on the policies that result from the complex interplay between university stakeholders and government bodies and the subsequent implementation of policy into practice. The study resulted in a preliminary understanding of one institution’s rebuilding efforts.