African Journal on Conflict Resolution

Articles include one on challenging structures through addressing gender based violence in mediation which looks at West Africa and offers suggestions as to which issues should be taken into account. […]

Gendering UN peacekeeping: Mainstreaming a gender perspective in multidimensional peacekeeping operations

This report is a compilation of research covering three main areas. The first is gender and organisation at the United Nations headquarters which is very male dominated and few women […]

Transitions from war to peace in sub-Saharan Africa

This book is based on a study of the demobilization and reintegration of military personnel in Africaas well as supporting country studies. It provides a window on the complex political, […]

Contesting Masculinities: A Study of Selected Texts of Resistance to Conscription into the South African Defence Force (SADF) in the 1980s

The theoretical framework for this thesis and analysis of primary texts revolves around the problem of conscription into the South African Defence Force (SADF) in the 1980s. The ideology of […]

May 23, 2016 Themes: Conflict | Sexuality | War Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Preparatory workshop on mainstreaming a gender perspective in multidimensional peacekeeping operations

This is an executive summary of a workshop that brought together academics and practitioners engaged in the study of gender in peacekeeping and international relations. The workshop discussions were primarily […]

Mainstreaming a gender perspective in multidimensional peace operations

A booklet from the Lessons Learned Unit with guidelines and areas of primary concern in mainstreaming a gender perspective in peace operations. It contains recommendations and suggestions and there is […]

May 16, 2016 Themes: Conflict Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

The Examiner: Access to justice

This magazine contains articles covering access to justice within the communities and challenges for human rights defenders in northern Uganda where the struggle against human rights violations continues. The challenge is to respond to the demand for peace, which is the only route to justice. There is also an expose on conditions in prison and an article on mob justice.

The National Guidelines for the Multidisciplinary Management of Surviors of Gender Based Violence in Zambia

The first edition of the National Guidelines for the Multidisciplinary management of Survivors of Gender Based Violence in Zambia. The document is as a result of several years of work by various stakeholders with the coordination of the Gender in Development Division and with the key implementing institutions include Ministry of health through the University teaching Hospital and the Directorate of Public Health and Research, through the Zambia Police Victim support Unit (VSU) and Ministry of Community Development and Social services through Department.

African Journal on Conflict Resolution: Volume 12; Number 3

One article in this publication examines two contrasting and complementary negotiation styles employed by the African National Congress (ANC) during the negotiation process that ended apartheid in South Africa. Taking its cue from the work of negotiation theorists who have distinguished between ‘cooperative’ and ‘adversarial’ negotiation styles, it presents the August 1991 replacement of Thabo Mbeki as chief ANC negotiator with Cyril Ramaphosa as a pivotal turning point in the ANC’s drive to secure agreement on a majoritarian constitutional settlement. Through a historical analysis of Mbeki’s efforts to build trust and alleviate ‘other-anxiety’ and Ramaphosa’s subsequent use of brinksmanship and other ‘hardball’ tactics to enhance the ANC’s bargaining position, the article suggests that the success of Ramaphosa’s ‘adversarial’ approach was largely dependent on Mbeki’s earlier success in cultivating sufficient trust and confidence between the two main parties as to enable them to come to an ultimately ‘irreversible’ understanding of their mutual interest in making peace.

Another article looks at divorce and family mediation in South Africa. This article explores the principles and processes of Western-style divorce and family mediation, as well as the principles and processes of African humanistic mediation, as they are applied in South Africa. Critique, as well as the advantages of both approaches, is dealt with. Similarities between the principles are explored. This strategy is informed by holistic knowledge. The knowledge relied upon sometimes demonstrates conflicting worldviews and is in a specific cultural context. The challenge is to find a holistic way of mediation in South Africa. This article proposes ways in which humanistic mediation can be used to positively influence and change the current family mediation practice in South Africa.


Amongst other articles women, war and peace in Mozambique: The case of Manica Province by Mark Chingono. A review on the Mozambican civil war from 1977-1992, which left an ambiguous legacy for women. The paper shows that, while destroying society the war also catalyzed the process of gender transformation, social fragmentation and civil society activism.