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Politik – Economics – Society – Science (APESS)

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Vol 34

Jean Chrysostome K. Kiyala - Geoff Harris (Eds.): Civil Society and Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Anthropocene: An Overview (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022)

ISBN: 978-3-030-95178-8 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-3-030-95179-5 (EBook)
Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-95179-5_ (add chapter no.)

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  • Shows why peacebuilding analysis and efforts need to re-orient towards challenges of environmental peace and justice
  • Presents the emerging conceptual frameworks which are needed for this new role
  • Explains critical role that CSOs play in implementing new peacebuilding approach with reference to sub-Saharan Africa

Editors:Jean Chrysostome K. Kiyala, Geoff Thomas Harris

About this book

This book examines civil society's peacebuilding role in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of climate change and the pursuit of environmental peace and justice in the Anthropocene.

Five main research themes emerge from its 20 chapters:

  • The roles of environmental peacemaking, environmental justice, ecological education and eco-ethics in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • Peacebuilding by CSOs after violent conflicts, with particular reference to accountability, reconciliation and healing
  • CSO involvement in democratic processes and political transition after violent conflicts
  • Relationships between local CSOs and their foreign funders and the interactions between CSOs and the African Union's peace and security architecture.
  • The particular role of faith-based CSOs

The book underlines the centrality of dialogue to African peacebuilding and the indigenous wisdom and philosophies on which it is based. Such wisdom will be a key resource in confronting the existential challenges of the Anthropocene. The book will be a significant resource for researchers, academics and policymakers concerned with the challenge of climate change, its interactions with armed conflict and the peacebuilding role of CSOs.

  • This pathbreaking book shows why peacebuilding analysis and efforts need to be urgently re-oriented towards the existential challenges of environmental peace and justice.
  • It explains the emerging conceptual frameworks which are needed for this new role.
  • It explains the critical role that CSOs - local and international - will play in implementing this new peacebuilding approach, with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa.

About the authors

Jean Chrysostome K. Kiyala (South Africa, DRC) is Assoc. Prof., Univ. of Bandundu, DRC & Senior Lecturer, International Centre of Nonviolence, Durban Univ. of Technology (DUT). He holds Diplomas & B.A.s in Philosophy, Theology, Mission and in Religious Studies, M.Phil. from St Augustine College, a conferred M. Tech. in Public Management, and in 2016, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Management Sciences (Peacebuilding programme) by DUT. His research interests comprise child soldiering, restorative justice, transitional justice, and peacebuilding.

Geoff Harris (South Africa, Australia) is Prof., International Centre for Nonviolence, Durban University of Technology, where he set up its postgraduate Peacebuilding Programme. His research interests include restorative justice, reintegration of prisoners and demilitarisation. He held posts at La Trobe Univ., Australia (1969-71), Univ. of Papua New Guinea (1972-78), Lincoln Univ., New Zealand (1978-80), Univ. of New England, Australia (1980-99), Univ. of Natal and Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal (1999-2011) and at DUT (2012- ), South Africa.