The usefulness of national mediation in intra-state conflict in Africa

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dc.contributor.editor Africa, Sandy
dc.contributor.editor Nathan, Laurie
dc.contributor.editor Schoeman, Maxi
dc.contributor.editor Kilpert, Di 2013-06-21T12:18:43Z 2013-06-21T12:18:43Z 2013-03
dc.description The mission of the Centre is to contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of mediation in major conflicts in Africa through teaching, training, research and supporting the UN, the AU, sub-regional organisations and African governments. en_US
dc.description.abstract In his 2012 report on mediation, the UN Secretary-General notes a growing trend to recognize the ability of national mediators to lead mediation in intra-state conflict. This article explores the feasibility of national mediation in Africa. It analyses the role of national mediation in South Africa (1985–1996) and Lesotho (2009–2012) and, taking Ghana as the primary example, the role of national peace councils, which have an institutionalized mandate to mediate in internal conflict. It discusses the complementarity of national and international roles in national mediation, the issue of leverage, the conditions for national mediation, the composition of mediation teams and their mediation capacity, and the benefits of national mediation. The article offers qualified support for the usefulness of national mediation since it can produce benefits such as enhanced self-reliance and social cohesion, has substantial ability to prevent conflict and can help to implement agreements. However, the specific conditions necessary for national mediation to be viable mean that success is rare. en_US
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dc.description.sponsorship The Centre is funded mainly by a generous grant from the Government of Belgium. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Odendaal, A 2013, 'The usefulness of national mediation in intra-state conflict in Africa', Mediation Arguments, no. 3, pp. 1-20. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2306-8078 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2307-1958 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Centre for Mediation in Africa. University of Pretoria en_US
dc.rights Copyright Andries Odendaal, 2013 en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject National mediation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mediation -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Reconciliation -- Africa en
dc.title The usefulness of national mediation in intra-state conflict in Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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