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Building Sustainable Peace: Conflict, Conciliation and Civil Society in Northern Ghana

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van der Linde, Ada and Naylor, Rachel (1999) Building Sustainable Peace: Conflict, Conciliation and Civil Society in Northern Ghana. Oxfam Academic. 80 pp ISBN 978-0855984236 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

Intense fighting in the Northern Region of Ghana in 1994 and 1995 led to the loss of 15,000 lives and the displacement of 200,000 people. A formal peace treaty, negotiated by the government, ended the fighting but did not address the underlying causes of the conflict, which were a complex mix of economic, political, and ethnic factors. An informal consortium of NGOs, initially involved in delivering humanitarian aid, set up a parallel peace process, seeking to build up trust through a series of peace-education workshops and the creation of a multi-ethnic Youth and Development Association. The success of the process was symbolised by the signnig of the Kumasi Peace Accord in 1996. This report, commissioned by the Northern Ghana Inter-NGO Consortium, demonstrates how a network of NGOs, sharing skills and building up local capacities, can play an invaluable role in promoting sustainable peace after conflict. An Oxfam Working Paper.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:18545
Deposited By:Dr Rachel Naylor
Deposited On:20 May 2011 17:17
Last Modified:20 May 2011 17:17

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