Community Participation in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Religious Settings1

Isaac Olawale Albert, Olubayo O Adekola




This paper is on Nigeria. The countryis bedeviled by different forms of violent conflicts. Most of the problems take place in multi-ethnic and multi-religious settings and the main factors responsible for them include competition for resources, contradicting value systems, psychological needs of individuals and groups, and unhealthy communication systems. The situation is compounded by policy makers who often fail to treat groups equally and respond proactively to the problems associated with diversity. This paper argues that this kind of problem can be reduced through better community participation in development. The paper draws some concrete case studies from Niger State, one of the least developed states in Nigeria.


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