African philosophy and Indigenous Mechanisms for Conflict Transformation

Course Description

Resource Person:  ASHAD SSENTONGO & DR. PADDY MUSANA

Indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms comprise social, economic, cultural and religious-spiritual dimensions in accordance with the entirety of traditions, customs and world views of a society within the different spheres of societal life. The methods involve negotiations, mediations and reconciliation based on the knowledge, customs and history of the community. The module is designed to examine the relevance and interface between traditional and state systems, drawing from pre and post-colonial experiences from selected cases in Africa.

Aim

To understand and be able to integrate traditional and modern conflict resolution mechanisms and process to strengthen peace building and conflict resolution.

 Objectives: To understand the relationships between state structures and traditional approaches, to be able to manage the intricate patterns of their interaction towards resolving conflicts and building peace.

Scope:  The course will cover a range of topics to examine the relevance and interface between traditional and state systems, drawing from pre and post-colonial experiences from selected cases in Africa.

References/ Readings-William Zartman, (2005). Traditional Cures for Modern Conflicts: African Conflict “Medicine”  . Lynne Rienner Publishers.

-Birgit Brock-Utne, (2001). Indigenous Conflict Resolution in Africa. University of Oslo, Institute for Educational Research.

-Kaderi Noagah Bukari, (2013). Exploring Indigenous Approaches to Conflict Resolution: The Case of the Bawku Conflict in Ghana, Journal of Sociological Research ISSN 1948-5468 2013, Vol. 4, No.2.

-Chinenye P. Dave-Odigie, (2011). Review: Somalia conflict: An African Indigenous Approach Towards a Peaceful Resolution, Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution Vol. 3(4), pp. 63-70.-Brandon Lundy , Jesse Benjamin & Joseph Kingsley, (eds.).(2015). Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa: Beyond Right and Wrong, Conflict and Security in the Developing World.

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