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Nigeria's State Peacebuilding Institutions: Early Success and Continuing Challenges

Show simple item record Kew, Darren 2022-02-06T18:48:26Z 2022-02-06T18:48:26Z 2021-06
dc.description.abstract This report examines the progress of peace agencies or commissions in three Nigerian states since 2016. It finds that their convening powers and civil society networks offer important opportunities for fostering peace, as does their ability to support the peace architecture of local governments. Over the past five years, three states in Nigeria’s Middle Belt— Plateau, Kaduna, and Adamawa— have created peace agencies or commissions that are tasked with addressing long-standing ethno-religious and other divisions in their host states through direct mediation and other peace interventions; building early warning and early response systems for local conflicts; and, in conjunction with local governments and traditional institutions, developing grassroots conflict resolution infrastructure such as mediation and restorative justice units and processes. All three institutions possess important convening powers to initiate dialogue and larger peace processes. Although the young institutions have faced difficult challenges, they have nonetheless exhibited early promise for stemming violence and insecurity across Nigeria, and their experiences provide important lessons for other states considering similar institutions. Based on more than fifty interviews conducted between 2018 and 2021, the report was supported by the Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace and the Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations at the US Department of State. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher United States Institute of Peace en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Special Report;496
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
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dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject Local peace initiatives en_US
dc.subject Land tenure en_US
dc.subject Mediation en_US
dc.subject Dialogue en_US
dc.subject Early warning en_US
dc.title Nigeria's State Peacebuilding Institutions: Early Success and Continuing Challenges en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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