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Mediation and Governance in Fragile Contexts

Small Steps to Peace

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi (author) Simon J.A. Mason (author)

ISBN: 9781626377769

Publication Date: Feb 2019

Format: Paperback

The result of a long collaboration between a Kenyan-Somali mediator and a Swiss scholar-practitioner, Mediation and Governance in Fragile Contexts introduces an innovative, practical approach to resolving an enduring issue: how can conflicts be resolved in polarized societies?
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The result of a long collaboration between a Kenyan–Somali mediator and a Swiss scholar–practitioner, Mediation and Governance in Fragile Contexts introduces an innovative, practical approach to resolving an enduring issue: how can conflicts be resolved in polarized societies?

This approach breaks out of the insider/outsider dichotomy to develop a framework for achieving peace in the most challenging of contexts – a framework that unites outsider perspectives on mediation methodology with the rich experiences and reflections that only local peace practitioners can provide.

The authors lay out the framework step by step, present case studies that show it in action, and clarify how local peace and security structures can act as a bridge between short-term mediation and long-term state-building efforts around the world.
Pages 250
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2019
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Subject/s Peace studies & conflict resolution   Armed conflict  
  • Mediation in Fragile Contexts.
  • The Framework: The Small Framework in a Nutshell.
  • Short-term Responses: Contextualized Mediation and Process Design.
  • Medium-term Responses: Developing Local Peace and Security Structures.
  • Long-term Responses: Transforming Policies, Building States for All.
  • Linking Inner and Outer Peace: Effective and Authentic Peace Practitioners.
  • Case Studies In The Somali-Kenyan Context:
  • The Kenya-Somali Context.
  • The Wajir Peace Process.
  • Mediating the Pokot-Samburu Conflict.
  • Supporting a Mediation Process in Mandera.
  • Mediation in the Kenyan Election Crisis.
  • Conclusion: Bringing "Opposites" Together.
Dekha Ibrahim Abdi's path took her from teaching at a rural Kenyan school to being renowned as a global peacemaker. In 2007, she received the Right Livelihood Award (often referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize), which honours "those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today". She died in 2011 from injuries sustained in a road accident.

Simon J. A. Mason is senior researcher and head of the Mediation Support Team at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich.

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