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Developing Local Capacity for Management of Natural Resource Conflicts in Africa: A Review of Key Issues, Approaches, and Outcomes

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Contributors: Castro, A. Peter

This paper critically assesses key issues and approaches in community-based natural resource conflict management in light of USAID’s recent framework ‘Nature, Wealth, and Power’ (NWP). Its purpose is to provide a clearer understanding of challenges and options regarding natural resource conflicts and attempts to manage or resolve them. Africa appears to be experiencing increasing conflicts concerning land and natural resources. Although it is often noted that conflict can be a positive force for social change, our contemporary world also shows that localized conflicts can erupt into widespread violence and upheaval, resulting in human rights abuses, disrupted economies, and dislocated populations. Because land and natural resources are so close to livelihoods and identities in Africa, conflicts over their access and use demand special attention for anyone concerned with its development.

Author(s): Castro, A. Peter

Publication Date: 2005

Location: Africa

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