What We're Reading

May 2021 | Hybrid Peacebuilding Approaches in Africa: Harnessing Complementary Parallels

This month, RESOLVE highlights recommended readings from the most recent Policy Note, "Hybrid Peacebuilding Approaches in Africa: Harnessing Complementary Parallels." In this note, author MaryAnne Iwara underlines complementarities between local/indigenous and contemporary peacebuilding approaches. Iwara calls on peacebuilders working in both traditions to prioritize identifying and building “hybrid” approaches that integrate local and indigenous knowledge and perspectives into existing best practices. The publications in this What We’re Reading were suggested by the author to offer a broader understanding of liberal peacebuilding and traditional conflict resolution, hybrid peacebuilding practices, peacebuilding pedagogies in local context, and hybrid security governance. 


On liberal peacebuilding

Debiel, Tobias, Thomas Held, and Ulrich Schneckener. Peacebuilding in Crisis: Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation. UK: Taylor & Francis, 2016.

Kurtenbach, Sabine. “Why is Liberal Peacebuilding so Difficult? Some Lessons from Central America.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revista Europea De Estudios Latinoamericanos Y Del Caribe 88 (April 2010): 110-95. https:// doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.9597.

On traditional conflict resolution practices

Ajayi AT, and LO Buhari. “Methods of Conflict Resolution in African Traditional Society.” African Research Review 8, no. 2 (June 2014): 138-157. https://doi.org/10.4314/afrrev.v8i2.9.

On hybrid peacebuilding practices

Cross, Charlotte. “Ulinzi Shirikishi: Popular Experiences of Hybrid Security Governance in Tanzania.” Development and Change 47, no. 5 (September 2016): 1102-1124. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12261.

da Costa, Diana Felix. “Contextualising Liberal Peacebuilding for Local Circumstances: Unmiss and Local Peacebuilding in South Sudan.” Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 7, no. 2 (August 2012): 53-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/15423166.2012.74 3814.

On peacebuilding pedagogies in local context

Dutta, Urmitapa, Andrea Kashimana Andzenge, and Kayla Walkling. “The everyday peace project: an innovative approach to peace pedagogy.” Journal of Peace Education 13, no. 1 (March 2016): 104-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/17400201.2016.1151773.

Richmond, Oliver P. “A Pedagogy of Peacebuilding: Infrapolitics, Resistance, and Liberation.” International Political Sociology 6, no. 2 (June 2012): 115–131. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2012.00154.x.

On hybrid security governance

Bagayoko, Niagale, Eboe Hutchful, and Robin Luckham. “Hybrid security governance in Africa: rethinking the foundations of security, justice and legitimate public authority.” Conflict, Security & Development 16, no. 1 (March 2016): 1-32. https://doi.org/1 0.1080/14678802.2016.1136137.

Schroeder, Ursula C., Fairlie Chappuis, and Deniz Kocak. “Security Sector Reform and the Emergence of Hybrid Security Governance.” International Peacekeeping 21, no. 2 (March 2014): 230-214. https://doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2014.910405.