By Ochiaka Ugwu
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), in conjunction with the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) of the University of South Africa is set to host the maiden edition of International Conference on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa.
In a release yesterday by the Institute in Abuja and signed by its Head of Media, Mr. Musa Mato, it noted that the conference is aimed at strengthening the socio-cultural and academic relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
According to the statement, “It would also explore ways of managing disputes without resorting to violence or bloodshed in Africa particularly in the post-xenophobic violence.
“The conference with a theme: Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective towards African Development is scheduled to hold in Abuja from 25th to 29th November 2019.
“The sub-themes of the conference include Inter-tribal, inter- state conflicts and xenophobia/afro phobia; Rule of law and governance in Africa; Intersection between African law and Eurocentric legal system on matters of dispute/conflict resolution as well as Election Governance and democracy in Africa; management of electoral processes and post- election dispute and conflict, among others”.
It stated that the conference is a multi-disciplinary, intra disciplinary and trans-disciplinary (MIT) approaches towards understanding and explaining the phenomenon of conflicts and development in Africa.
“Participants with strong and vibrant academic and research backgrounds are expected to come from all over the world” the statement read in part.
“The Director General Institute for peace and Conflict Resolution Dr. Bakut T. Bakut would declare the event open.
“The Minister and the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and Ambassador Zubairu Dada are expected to grace the occasion.
“Chairman, local organizing committee, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu explained that quite a number of abstracts have been received from across the world which dwell on the conference’s sub-themes and related issues” the statement concluded.