1st Edition

The Politics of Peacebuilding in Africa

    278 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary book brings together innovative chapters that address the entire spectrum of the African peacebuilding landscape and showcases findings from original studies on peacebuilding.

    With a range of perspectives, the chapters cover the full gamut of peacebuilding (i.e. the continuum between conflict prevention and post-war reconstruction) and address both micro and macro peacebuilding issues in the five regions of Africa. Moving beyond the tendency to focus on a single case study or few case studies in peacebuilding scholarship, the chapters examine critical peacebuilding issues at the local, state, regional, extra-regional, and continental levels in Africa.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics, peace and security studies, regional organizations, development studies, state-building, and more broadly to international relations, public policy, diplomacy, international organizations, and the wider social sciences.

    Foreword by Abdel-Fatau Musah

    1. Introduction: A Social Justice Perspective of Politics of Peacebuilding in Africa

    Thomas Kwasi Tieku, Amanda Coffie, Mary Boatemaa Setrana, and Akin Taiwo

    2. Fractured Intimacies: Oil-Induced ‘Violence’ in the Oil-Rich Albertine Region, Western Uganda

    Eria Serwajja

    3. Why Peacebuilding Fails: The Experience of Managing Conflicts between Farmers and Herders in Nigeria

    Patience Adzande

    4. Evaluating Practices of Civil Society Organizations in the Prevention of Electoral Violence in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

    Arsène Brice Bado

    5. Reconceptualising Peacebuilding: Insights from Young Women in Zimbabwe

    Anna Chitando

    6. Peacebuilding through Religious Training: The Case Study of Morocco’s Training Program of African Imams

    Salim Hmimnat

    7. Divided Peacebuilders: Christian Religious Leaders and the Search for Peace in Nigeria, 1966-1970

    Jacinta Chiamaka Nwaka

    8. Integrative Approach to Peacebuilding in Africa: The experience of the Kuria Community of Kenya and Tanzania

    Iddy Ramadhani Magoti

    9. Negotiating State Intervention in Pastoral Areas: Local Elites as Brokers for Peace

    Fana Gebresenbet, Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta and Yonas Tariku

    10. The Limits of Environmental Peacebuilding: Challenges to Cooperation in the Eastern Nile

    Rawia Tawfik

    11. Game Changers in Asymmetrical Conflicts: Zimbabwean Diaspora Media Reporting of Homeland Conflict

    Tendai Chari

    12. Gender Approach to Peacebuilding in Cameroon and Central African Republic: The Case Study of the Oko’o Nga’a mo (Women of Peace)

    Amina Djouldé Christelle

    13. The Evolving Partnership between the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States in Peacebuilding

    Richard Alemdjrodo

    14. Women, Peace, and Security: Investigating the Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in Northern Kenya and its Policy Implications

    Linnet Hamasi Henry

    15. Conclusion: Ideas, Actors, Institutions, and Future Research Direction

    Thomas Kwasi Tieku, Amanda Coffie, Mary Boatemaa Setrana, and Akin Taiwo


    Thomas Kwasi Tieku is an associate professor of Political Science in King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    Amanda Coffie is a research fellow at the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana.

    Mary Boatemaa Setrana is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), University of Ghana, Ghana.

    Akin Taiwo is an assistant professor of Social Work at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.