Comprehending and Mastering African Conflicts

The Search for Sustainable Peace and Good Governance

Adebayo Adedeji

Comprehending and Mastering African Conflicts

Adebayo Adedeji

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400 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $69.95 ISBN: 9781856497633 Published June 1999 For sale in North and South America only
More and more African countries are falling prey to civil war and the disintegration of government authority and social order. Here, for the first time, teams of African scholars based in those countries principally affected examine what is happening. Their findings are only the first step in an ongoing, policy-relevant process of investigation and action. They share a belief that a development agenda designed to improve the lives of the people and strengthen national economies cannot be effectively pursued until the continent masters its problems of governance.

The first aim of these scholars has been to understand the complex and diverse roots of the conflicts. To this end, they analyse a cross-section of such conflicts from various countries -- Angola, Burundi and Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Somalia and Somaliland. They also reflect more generally on the obstacles to comprehending conflict in Africa.

Possible ways of anticipating, containing and indeed preventing new conflicts are discussed. The experience of successful transitions to peace are investigated in a number of cases, including Northern Mali and Nigeria after its civil war of 1967-70, as are issues such as the part played by NGOs in Rwanda and the role of regional and international cooperation.

There is also much discussion of what new research is needed and proposals for mastering conflict in future. These range over a wide diversity of measures, including, for example, ideas like a moratorium on the importation of arms, trans-frontier development projects, political reform that creates real space for effective participation by different social groups, and governmental decentralisation.

This volume, which is ACDESS?s first output under this research programme, represents a significant contribution by African intellectuals to resolving the most intractable problems confronting Sub-Saharan Africa. Its appearance could not be more timely.
Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Contributors
Abbreviations
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgements
Map of Sub-Sahara Africa in Conflict, 1999

Part 1: Issues at Stake
1. Comprehending African Conflicts - Adebayo Adedeji
2. Mastering African Conflicts - Amadou Toumani Toure
3. Obstacles to Comprehension and Barriers to the Mastery of Conflicts - Reginald Herbold Green
4. Achieving Good Governance in Post-Conflict Situations: The Dialiectic between Conflict and Good Governance - Segun Odunuga

Part 2: Countries in Conflict: A Critical Stocktaking by Country Research Teams
5. Angola - Augusto Eduardo Kambwa, Daniel Mingas Casimiro, Ngongo Joao Pedro and Lucas Bhengui Ngonda
6. Burundi - Joseph Gahama, S. Makoroka, C. Nditije, O. Ntahombaye and O. Sindayizeruka
7. Liberia - Al-Hassan Conteh, Joseph S. Guannu, Hall Badio and Klaneh W. Bruce
8. Rwanda - Emmanuel Gassana, Butera Jean-Bosco, Byanafashe Deo and Alice Kareikezi
9. Sierra Leone 0 John Bobor Laggah, Joe A. D. Allie and Roland S. V. Wright

Part 3: Transitions from Conflict to Peace and Good Governance: Lessons of Experience
10. Angola: Seeking to Remedy the Limitations and Bias in Media and Scholarly Coverage - Reginald Herbold Green
11. The Experience of Northern Mali
A: History of the Armed Conflict - Bintou Sanan Kouca and Sicave AG Ecawell
B: Democracy and the Peace Process - Aghatam Alhassane
12. Nigeria: A Victim of its Own Success - Segun Odunuga
13. Understanding Conflict in Somalia and Somaliland - Ismail Ahmed
14. Towards a Macro-Economic Framework for Somaliland's Post-War Rehabilitation and Reconstruction - Reginald Herbold Green
15. The Role of Non-African NGO's in African Conflicts: The Case of Rwanda - Ian Linda
16. Consolidating Peace through Governance and Regional Cooperation: The Liberian Experience - Anthony Barclay

Part 4: Strategizing the Way Forward
17. Which Way Forward? A Panel Discussion
A: Panel Discussions - Adebayo Adedeji (ACDESS) (Chairman), Emmanuel Gasana (Rwanda), Al-Hassan Conteh (Liberia), Joseph Gahama (Burundi), Trevor Gordon-Somers (UNDP)
B: Conclusions and Recommendations on Managing African Conflicts in their Political, Economic and Social Dimensions - Working Group 1
C: An ongoing Research Programme Directed at Comprehending and Mastering Conflict - Working Group 2

Appendixes
Index
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