Archive for category: Eastern Africa

Commemorating genocide – an important element of the politics of memory in Rwanda

Commemorating genocide – an important element of the politics of memory in Rwanda

Rwanda’s ruling elites and society at large need to accept the existence of certain ‘inconvenient’ historical facts – such as the thousands of Hutu refugees killed at the hands of Rwandan troops in the eastern part of then Zaire – in order to create the collective memory which does justice to victims […]

Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

Twenty years on, the memory of the 1994 genocide, pervasive across Rwanda’s thousand hills, lingers on well beyond the country’s borders. It extends into the surrounding region where it is remembered as a shocking and unforgettable event.

Beyond political indifference – dealing with past wrongs in Uganda

Beyond political indifference – dealing with past wrongs in Uganda

All of Uganda needs to acknowledge their duty and responsibilities to advocate for the plight of war affected victims and advance their agenda in the national to international arena.

The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe

The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Collaborating for conflict transformation in Uganda

Collaborating for conflict transformation in Uganda

TransConflict is pleased to present the first contributions from our recently-established Collaborative Conflict Transformation initiative, providing a thorough overview of all aspects of conflict in Uganda. 

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation – part two

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation – part two

TransConflict is pleased to present the second part of a paper by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, exploring how the design and implementation of peacebuilding projects should reflect nature.

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation

Reflecting nature in project design and implementation

TransConflict is pleased to present a two-part paper by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation from Zimbabwe, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, exploring how the design and implementation of peacebuilding projects should reflect nature.

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

Peace education in post-genocide Rwanda

As a contribution to preventing violence on the continent, the participants of the African Alliance for Peace summit formulated the ‘Kigali Declaration’ in order to call on all African countries to invest in educating its people for peace.

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of Never Again Rwanda from Rwanda, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

Never again – a reality or dream for Rwanda?

The Rwandan youth – who represent the majority of the population – are actively involved in preserving peace and prosperity in their nation. Through participating in Never Again Rwanda’s commemoration activities where their voice is heard, appreciated and taken into account, NAR fights to always make never again a reality.

Genocide and justice – where now?

Genocide and justice – where now?

Two decades after the Rwanda genocide, the promised hopes of international accountability for such crimes is in trouble, with a number of ingredients of a crisis that is both legal and political.

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

The concept of ‘Umuganda’ – which means ‘coming together in common purpose’ – is to promote unity and reconciliation in a society that has been devastated by conflict, genocide and poverty.

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

The collective acknowledgement of the past not only clears up misunderstandings, it also liberates us from the tyranny of widespread, existing popular prejudices. In order for reconciliation to take root in political and moral quarrels, there is first a need for truth, then justice and finally forgiveness.

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda is still in need of healing and reconciliation, and the Rwandan youth still need to reflect on lessons learned from the past in order to construct the future they want and deserve.

The United Nations and its peacekeeping dilemma

The United Nations and its peacekeeping dilemma

The deployment of a UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), authorized to undertake “all necessary measures” to neutralize armed groups, represents an important step in the evolution of UN peacekeeping missions.

Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo

TransConflict is pleased to showcase the work of Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

Transforming conflict across borders – the case of Kenya and Uganda

Transforming conflict across borders – the case of Kenya and Uganda

TransConflict is pleased to present a concept for transforming conflict between the Pian, Pokot and Sabiny communities, which primarily results from cattle raiding and often violent competition for scarce pasture and water resources.

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art

The ‘Peacebuilding after Genocide’ mobile exhibition used story telling and dialogue methodologies to educate people about the 1994 genocide, to examine what causes violence and to send messages of peace and social cohesion. 

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

A delay in establishing the constitutionally-guaranteed National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) raises profound questions about the commitment of Zimbabwe’s political elites to achieving justice and reconciliation. 

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The Rwandan case – is it possible to truly compensate victims of genocide?

The victims of the Tutsi Genocide – one of the worst incidences of mass killing in the 20th century – are still struggling to receive financial compensation for their physical and material loss 20 years on, raising questions about whether it is even possible to fully compensate these people after […]

Impact of ‘high value resources’ on communities in Eastern Africa

Impact of ‘high value resources’ on communities in Eastern Africa

As new high-value resources are discovered and exploited in East Africa, what is the impact on local communities and the potential for local-level conflict?

Should the UN fight in a war?

Should the UN fight in a war?

The core values of peacekeeping lie in the principles of consent of the parties, impartiality and the non-use of force except as a last resort. If the very blue berets that work to keep peace indulge in active combat against one of the entities in conflict, would it not render […]

Learning from our leaders – when conflict breeds conflict

Learning from our leaders – when conflict breeds conflict

The history of violence and issues of political suppression is well known in Zimbabwe, but are these issues magnified through a process of emulation by the people?

African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda

African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda

African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda utilizes non-violent models of conflict transformation to engage youth in realizing peace and preventing the escalation of violence within communities in Uganda, primarily through community-based early warning and response methods.

Peace initiatives on the Sotik/Borabu border in Kenya

Peace initiatives on the Sotik/Borabu border in Kenya

Despite the apparent return to peace after the terrible events of the 2007/2008 post-election violence, complex pockets of conflicts – which are formed along ethnic lines – are now more than ever embedded in Kenya’s territory and history. One such conflict occurs in a rural area of the Kenyan Rift Valley […]