Mediation & Reconciliation

These Kujenga Amani essays provide insight into the various methods of reconciliation and mediation techniques that are applied to conflict and post-conflict situations across Africa, while addressing the challenges and visions for peace and the prospect for peacebuilding.

Mediation & Reconciliation | February 1, 2016

The Crisis in Burundi: A Call to Regional Actors

“Given Burundi’s refusal to allow the AU’s peacekeeping force and the UN’s admitted lack of preparedness, what role can the East African Community play in diffusing the situation and ensuring long-term peace that benefits not only Burundi but also the entire region?”

Photo credit to Flickr user Troens Bevis. Taken on June 14, 2014. CC BY-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/troensbevis/14455722433/in/album-72157644748222820/
The EAC needs to apply pressure on Nkurunziza to accept inclusive dialogue and peace.
Mediation & Reconciliation | May 28, 2015

Women’s Involvement in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria

“As the Igbo case demonstrates, governments and international organizations—in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa—have to ensure a narrative that extends beyond the usual stories of women as victims to how they use their agency and mobilize themselves to work for peace at home and within the community, and how those efforts may be formally recognized, documented, and scaled up on a continent striving for peace.”

Photo credit to Lindsay Mgbor / DFID via Flickr user DFID - UK Department for International Development.  Taken on February 1, 2011. This picture is licensed under CC BY 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/5567857707/
A Nigerian woman shares a smile.
Mediation & Reconciliation | December 17, 2014

The Politics of Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Three Times Failure—Will the Fourth Time Count?

“When the appropriate time would be to address past social injustices and how they should be addressed remains unclear, but ignoring the past will arguably only perpetuate the cycle of violence that remains prevalent in Zimbabwe …. Reconciliation cannot occur in Zimbabwe without legal tender and a proactive commitment to bind the voices and intentions of the government.”

Photo credit to Flickr user Alan. Taken on April 23, 2010, in Mudzi, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/algreen/4716361949
A scenic road in Zimbabwe.
Mediation & Reconciliation | September 3, 2014

The Central African Republic Crisis: Neighboring Countries and the Prospects for Peace

“Ultimately […] the future of peace in the CAR lies in the hands of the leaders and people of the country. The real challenge will be to develop the political will to rise above the current divisions and address the structural roots of the conflict ravaging the country head on.”

Photo credit to Flickr user hdptcar. Picture taken by Pierre Holtz | UNICEF on June 13, 2007. No changes were made. This photo is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hdptcar/819234356/
A child in the Central African Republic.
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