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South Africa: Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 16, 2014

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and related conflict resolution programmes emerged in Africa in the mid-1990s, followed by peace studies in the 2000s. During the said periods, many government and educational institutions and non-governmental organisations have been created in different parts of Africa; various related programmes and projects have been developed and implemented, and certain enabling legislations, policies and institutions created. However, there is paucity of knowledge or research on the key lessons, common challenges and prospects of the various ADR mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact in reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa.

This fourth international summit, following earlier meetings in 1998 and 2011 in Accra, and 2008 in Addis Ababa, will attempt to fill the void by identifying the best practices or lessons of current programmes, projects and initiatives and promote exchanges on key gains, progress made and common challenges; it will also create opportunities for continent-wide regional / international networking in peace building practice and research. Identifying / addressing current void or gaps will provide opportunity for self-assessment, reflection and innovation among advocates, practitioners and scholars, donors and policymakers, and contribute to the sustainability of emergent popularity and promise of peace studies and various conflict resolution projects in Africa.

The meeting will also facilitate regional networking and development of common standards of ethics for ADR and/or conflict resolution practice and training as well as articulate evaluation benchmarks.
Call for Papers:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 March 2014

Send proposals to: Ernest Uwazie, E-mail: uwazieee@csus.edu and Sabrina Ensenbach, E-mail: sabrina@accord.org.za.

Download the Call for Papers here
Guidelines for Submissions:
• Only online submissions will be accepted;
• Please endeavour to use the same email address for all correspondence;
• Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Abstracts must be 150 words and should include your title, full contact details, description of your data, key findings and recommendations as well as your institution / organisation with which you are affiliated or identified.

Submissions must be in MS Word, font style: Calibri body, font size: 12 with double spacing.

Full Papers:

Papers must be between 15-20 pages, including illustrations / tables and references, due on 1 July 2014.

Interactive Presentations:

An interactive presentation, for the purposes of this conference, is either a photographic presentation or a video-graphic presentation. Some research is easily adapted to this style, especially in the area of case studies and role plays. If your presentation is in this category, please indicate it in your proposal and also indicate what accessory it may require.

Panel Sessions:

Proposals for panel discussions or presentations of 3-5 people are welcome. The panel members (with names, institution, contact, paper title and abstract) you propose must agree in advance of submission to participate as panel presenters and to register for the conference.

Ethical Considerations:

Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper and proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.

Publication or Presentation History: If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper and proposal. Please note that depending on the decision of the reviewers, this may render your material ineligible.

Conference Attendance: If your panel, paper, or interactive display presentation is accepted for this conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role. All chairs and respondents also make this commitment.

If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, find a substitute to perform your duties and notify the organisers through the contacts given in this Call for Papers.

Conference Registration Fee: US$100. The fee caters for space, refreshments, conference materials, and logistics / arrangements.

Hotel/Lodging: Johannesburg, South Africa (hotel / venue to be confirmed)

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs and arrangements.

Paper Publication: Select papers will be published in a post-conference book or conference proceedings.

Submission of Papers, Rights, and Agreement

By submitting papers, abstracts, author names, diagrams, and other data (the 'submission') to the conference organisers for inclusion in the 2014 conference, authors understand that they become part of an agreement between the organisers of the conference, which stipulates the following:

As part of the conference, this submission may be included and/or made available in an online conference website, printed conference documents, or other online or electronic media. After the conference, accepted submissions will be archived and distributed as a part of the fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference.

Authors grant to CAPCR and ACCORD, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works from, publicly perform, and publicly display the submission in all languages, in whole or in part, to end users through a direct online or relicense or sale of information products, including but not limited to all formats of magnetic digital, CD-ROM, tape, online hosts, Internet services, and other electronic, laser, or optical media or other formats now known or hereafter discovered.

CAPCR and ACCORD shall have the right to register copyright to the submission and the accompanying abstract in their name as claimant as part of the conference proceedings or another medium in which such submission is included. An author submitting a paper to this conference retains the right to publish this work in a journal or other publication without limitation by CAPCR, ACCORD or other affiliates.


Presentations are invited from all areas of experience and case studies of alternative dispute resolution and peace studies at/by governmental agencies and nongovernmental organisations, educational institutions, Chambers of Commerce and Election Commissions among several others.

Thematic areas include but are not limited to the following:
• Governance disputes - including political disputes, government administration / civil service disputes and electoral/election disputes;
• Extractive industries disputes - including mining, oil and gas and quarrying;
• Commercial disputes - including employment and labour relations;
• Cultural / ethnic disputes - including chieftaincy issues and succession, community and indigenous justice systems;
• Construction disputes;
• Property / asset disputes - including land disputes;
• Family disputes - including marriage and divorce, child custody and inheritance disputes;
• Peace education - peace education as part of the curriculum of educational institutions, civic education, and leadership development;
• Mainstreaming ADR - including judicial reform, challenges, lessons and the way forward, ADR legislations and legislations that give room for ADR;
• National reconciliation and transitional justice;
• Gender and women;
• Human rights;
• Youth non-violence and leadership;
• Disability issues;
• Building a culture of peace and its sustainability - including national architectures for peace, the role of peace councils and civil society and non-governmental organisations;
• Crisis response and national security concerns - including the role of the Red Cross / Crescent organisations, disaster management and other relief efforts;
• Trends in the usage of ADR mechanisms;
• Congregational/religious disputes - including intra-faith and inter-faith disputes;
• Security interventions and armed conflicts - including declaration of state of emergencies and imposition of curfews, peacekeeping operations and de-escalation, disarmament and reintegration efforts.
Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

24 July 2014: Arrival of Participants

25 July 2014: Day One
• 09h00 - 10h45: Opening / Keynote
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Panel Presentations
• 17h00 - 19h00: Networking / Reception
26 July 2014: Day Two
• 09h00 - 11h00: Panel Presentations
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Summit of ADR / Peace Studies Leaders/Directors: Exchanges on Lessons, Prospects and Challenges
• 17h00 - 18h00: Closing / Conference Communiqué
• 19h00 - 21h00: Closing Dinner / Cultural Gala Night - additional fee of US$35
27 July 2014: Departure of Participants

Optional tours / sightseeing in South Africa


United States of America
Professor. Ernest Uwazie
E-mail: uwazieee@csus.edu
Website: www.csus.edu

South Africa
Sabrina Ensenbach
E-mail: sabrina@accord.org.za

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