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Title: The efficacy of community peacebuilding in African communities : case studies from Nigeria and Zimbabwe
Authors: Akande, Olubunmi 
Kaye, Sylvia 
Rukuni, Tinashe 
Keywords: 1699 Other Studies in Human Society;Sustainable peacebuilding;Participatory action research;Community-based peacebuilding
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Akande, O., Kaye, S. and Rukuni, T. 2021. The efficacy of community peacebuilding in African communities: case studies from Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development. 16(3): 303-317. doi:10.1177/1542316621993035
Journal: Journal of Peacebuilding & Development; Vol. 16, Issue 3 
This article discusses the efficacy of community-based peacebuilding efforts to develop sustainable peace in conflict-torn communities. Using participatory action research (PAR) is a powerful means of developing sustainable solutions to a conflict: It provides the means to test peace theories and draw upon a community’s knowledge and strengths in order to develop interventions. The knowledge gained can be lost if not understood within national or regional contexts, particularly if there is divergence between interests that can destroy community-based peacebuilding accomplishments. Holistic approaches facilitate sustainable peace and foster learning applicable to other situations. Two case studies, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, identified broad principles that potentially can be applied in the development of policies and practices. In the Nigerian case, two communities had experienced years of conflict. The PAR component was based on participatory dialogue. In the Zimbabwe case, political conflict was resolved through the development of a mutually beneficial peace garden.
ISSN: 1542-3166
2165-7440 (Online)
DOI: 10.1177/1542316621993035
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