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The Role of Inclusive Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Enhancing Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes

'Cyclical conflicts which continue to plague the Great Lakes region of Africa necessitate a reflection on the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. While many reasons account for this, without knowledge of triggers of relapse into conflict,…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2016

‘Conflict Resurgence and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan: A Hurried and Imposed Peace Pact?’ analyses the events leading to the conclusion of the ARCSS and the extent to which they undermine the ownersh…

Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-Conflict Countries in Africa: a Summary of Lessons of Experience from Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda

The main objective of the study has been to draw lessons of experience that could provide a guide to policies, strategies and instruments for post-conflict capacity-building initiatives. The four country studies highlighted the fact that root cau…

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region

Several recommendations emerged from the Franschhoek policy advisory group seminar of May 2015. Autocratic governance structures throughout the Great Lakes region hinder national socio-economic progress, and have spread instability. Regional states …

Governance and Security Challenges in Post Apartheid Southern Africa

This policy brief considers the key governance and security challenges facing Southern Africa, with a focus on the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region’s progress towards democracy, and its peacemaking, peacekeeping, an…

Stabilising Sudan: Domestic, Sub-Regional and Extra Regional Challenges

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a two-day policy advisory group seminar on 23 and 24 August 2010 in Somerset West, Western Cape, on the theme: “Stabilising Sudan: Domestic, Sub-Regional and Extra Regional …

Conflict Trends Issue 3

The first article is titled: Is There a Link between Democracy and Development in Africa? by Kizito Sikuka. Arguments presented in this article clearly show a strong relationship between democracy and development. However, it may be important to n…

The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan

The nature and role of civil society in South Sudan has been largely shaped by a Western narrative that equates civil society with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), while tending to ignore existing institutions such as local chiefs and traditio…

African Solutions to African problems: a Viable Solution towards a United, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa?

It is important to realize that African solutions include the planning of content, ideas, practical action and financial dimensions. The content and ideas should emerge from Africans, particularly African scholars because of the need for research th…

Queens Without Crowns: Somaliland Women's Changing Roles and Peace Building

The roles of women in Somaliland seem to be changing. The eruption of the civil war in Somalia in 1988 marked a new beginning in the history of the Somali People. The war set into motion quite a number of processes, which have had a far-reaching eff…

Peace in Somaliland: An Indigenous Approach to State-building

Rebuilding a country after conflict is about far more than repairing damaged buildings and re-establishing public institutions. Fundamentally, it is about rebuilding relationships at all levels, restoring the people’s trust and confidence in governa…

The New Partnership for Africa's Security: The United Nations, Regional Organisations and Future Security Threats in Africa

Pursuant to its vision and mission objectives of promoting peaceful conflict resolution in Africa, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) Cape Town, South Africa, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) offices in South Africa and…

Addressing Rural Banditry in Northern Nigeria

The study sought to identify and document the root causes, dynamics and implications of the frequent act of rural banditry and other forms of violence in Northern Nigeria, and secondly make policy recommendations on how such a serious security chall…

After Boko Haram: Prospects for Transitional Justice in North East Nigeria

New research undertaken by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) indicates that the level of violence in northeastern Nigeria has declined substantially in many areas since the height of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2015. In a survey encomp…

Local Rules?! The Practices of Conflict Resolution by the United Nations in Liberia

The first part of this paper outlines the theoretical framework. Conflict resolution is regarded as culture specific. In consequence, culture acts as an enabler for local conflict resolution. With culture embedded in a practical approach to conflic…

Promoting Peace in the Great Lakes Region: What are the Other Options?

The current political tension between Burundi and Rwanda has not only proven to be a threat to economic activities and human lives. It equally has the greater danger of escalating into a sub-regional crisis in the East African Community (EAC) (here…

Prospects for Africa's 26 Fragile Countries

"Africa is witnessing strong and sustained high levels of economic growth and an overall reduction in conflict across the continent. New natural resource exploitation, growing urbanisation and progress in human-development goals, such as education a…

Capacity Building and Training for Peace Operations and Conflict Resolution in East Africa

"In East Africa there are five important regional actors involved in peace and conflict management: the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa …

Mediating a Convoluted Conflict: South Africa’s Approach to the Inter-Party Negotiations in Zimbabwe

"This paper analyses South Africa’s facilitation approach to the inter-party negotiation process in Zimbabwe – from Mbeki’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ to current President Jacob Zuma's assertive stance – amid competing domestic and international interests. T…

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 13, no. 2, 2013

The first article “Conflict and conflict resolution in Africa: Engaging the colonial factor” seeks to understand the ineffectiveness of efforts at conflict management in overcoming the disasters that brought the conflicts to the African continent. “…

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