Read: An Integrative Approach To Peacebuilding And Good Governance

Written by Julius Nyambur Wani.
 
Conflict resolution interventions in any conflict situation in Africa have proved difficult due to competing and conflicting cultural values and practices. Besides the Western-Indigenous binary, there are also the local variations across nationalities and tribes. Whereas the Western techniques have been bitterly criticized for their individualistic, neo-imperial, and low-context orientations, the traditional systems have equally fallen short in majoring up to the imperatives of modern statehood. The notion of 'statehood' is foreign and almost untenable. Claiming sovereignty and constitutionalism in highly ethnicized societies is nearly becoming hypothetical. Plainly granted, African ancient institutions of governance recognized only two levels: individual and society.
On the other hand, the purely indigenous governing structures have been impacted and nearly eroded to extinction, both culturally and geopolitically. There are however isolated exceptions. This paper examines the Mundari Model of peacemaking and reconciliation as an evidence-based qualitative case study. The Mundari Model provides a compelling argument because it substantially continues to resist the crippling and delusory effect of colonialism. Not only is the Model rooted in the democratic traditions of African culture and history, but it is also practically voluntary, collectivistic, raw and therefore cheap. Its inadequacies to accommodate and weather national and international regimes, however, demand a renegotiated social contract.
Read Here: Effective Peacebuilding and Governance
 

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