Zimbabwe | February 17, 2017

Silence and Denial as Impediments to Peace in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2016

Introduction This appraisal is an interlocution of the twin cultures of silence and denial inherent in Zimbabwe’s post-colonial peacebuilding praxis. It evokes the exigency of placing victimhood, rather than political expediency, at the center of the country’s post-conflict architecture. Zimbabwe’s episodic cycles of violence are customarily resolved through state-mediated reconciliation pronouncements (1980), amnesty ordinances (1979, […]

A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
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 | November 12, 2013

Mapping Reconciliation Processes in Africa: A Project Set to Fail or A Possible Gateway to Further Research?

Reconciliation has become an important term in the national discourse, particularly within Africa. Yet what reconciliation actually refers to, how it should be implemented, and how to assess its level of effectiveness remains a challenge for many States. This piece explores the creation of a database to map reconciliation processes across the African continent, questioning whether such a project would be destined to fail, or a gateway to further research.

Photo credit to Flickr user unamid. Photo taken on August 21, 2012 by Albert González Farran. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unamid-photo/7836994082/
Reconciliation efforts between tribes in Mellit. Photo credit to Albert González Farran of UNAMID via Flikr Creative Commons