Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa

Concepts, role-players, policy and practice


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During the 1990s, nine out of ten of the bloodiest conflicts occurred on the African continent. And despite some 20 peacebuilding operations in Africa in the last 25 years there is still a significant lack of cohesive strategy to target the key areas in the regeneration of a conflict-ridden country. An Afrocentric perspective is therefore a suitable starting point for research into the possible strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding.

It is clear that a military approach to peace missions needs to include developmental, economic and governance support to ensure lasting stability and human security. And an army needs to be equipped and trained for these multiple roles that previously were regarded as secondary functions but are now priorities in peace mission involvement.

The authors of this book consider the problems around the concept of ‘post-conflict’ and the blurring of military and civilian roles, analysing the UN roles in the DRC and Sierra Leone, as well as the African Union Mission in Burundi. The main context of the book, however, is the South African Army’s strategy for PCRD in Africa, which has been developed with the African Union’s 2006 Post-Conflict, Reconstruction and Development Needs Assessment Guide in mind. This book emanates from this plan. It therefore also explores South Africa’s policy imperatives to integrate development projects and peace missions, involving the military as well as civilian organisations.

While this book is not intended as an instruction manual, it hopes to ignite an understanding of the particular processes required to develop a sustainable and cohesive post-conflict peacebuilding strategy within the African environment. 

Introduction – Prof. Heidi Hudson, University of the Free State, South Africa

PART ONE: Conceptual roots
1.    Political, Civilian and Military Dimensions of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Coordination, Complementarity and Local Ownership – Dr Cedric de Coning, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, Norway
2.    International Approaches and Experiences in Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Annette Seegers, University of Cape Town
3.    Looking in or Transforming up – Conceptual Challenges of the Liberal Roots of Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Heidi Hudson, University of the Free State, South Africa
4.    Developmental Peace Missions: The South African Conceptual Approach – Col. Laetitia Olivier, SA Army
5.    The Ethics Question: An Interim Framework – Prof. Deane-Peter Baker, University of New South Wales, Australia

PART TWO: Role-players in context
6.    The AU, Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Experiences and Challenges Dr Tim Murithi, Institute of Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
7.    Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Why Gender Matters - Prof. Lindy Heinecken, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
8.    UN Post-conflict Programming under Challenge in Post-electoral DRC - Prof. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State
9.    Post-war Programming in Sierra Leone: Revisiting the Challenges and Achievements of the UN - Laetitia Olivier, Theo Neethling and Benjamin Mokoena, University of  Stellenbosch, South Africa

PART THREE: Policy and practice
10.    Foreign Policy, the Military and Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Maxi Schoeman, University of Pretoria
11.    Campaigns or Contingency? South Africa, Africa and 21st-century Defence Design – Dr Greg Mills, Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa

Conclusion
12.    From Defence in a Democracy to Defence, Security and Development: Whiter Defence Thinking in South Africa? – Prof. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State

Academics and students of military academies; human rights lawyers and NGOs; students of international relations and political science; educated lay reader

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During the 1990s, nine out of ten of the bloodiest conflicts occurred on the African continent. And despite some 20 peacebuilding operations in Africa in the last 25 years there is still a significant lack of cohesive strategy to target the key areas in the regeneration of a conflict-ridden country. An Afrocentric perspective is therefore a suitable starting point for research into the possible strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding.

It is clear that a military approach to peace missions needs to include developmental, economic and governance support to ensure lasting stability and human security. And an army needs to be equipped and trained for these multiple roles that previously were regarded as secondary functions but are now priorities in peace mission involvement.

The authors of this book consider the problems around the concept of ‘post-conflict’ and the blurring of military and civilian roles, analysing the UN roles in the DRC and Sierra Leone, as well as the African Union Mission in Burundi. The main context of the book, however, is the South African Army’s strategy for PCRD in Africa, which has been developed with the African Union’s 2006 Post-Conflict, Reconstruction and Development Needs Assessment Guide in mind. This book emanates from this plan. It therefore also explores South Africa’s policy imperatives to integrate development projects and peace missions, involving the military as well as civilian organisations.

While this book is not intended as an instruction manual, it hopes to ignite an understanding of the particular processes required to develop a sustainable and cohesive post-conflict peacebuilding strategy within the African environment. 

Introduction – Prof. Heidi Hudson, University of the Free State, South Africa

PART ONE: Conceptual roots
1.    Political, Civilian and Military Dimensions of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Coordination, Complementarity and Local Ownership – Dr Cedric de Coning, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, Norway
2.    International Approaches and Experiences in Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Annette Seegers, University of Cape Town
3.    Looking in or Transforming up – Conceptual Challenges of the Liberal Roots of Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Heidi Hudson, University of the Free State, South Africa
4.    Developmental Peace Missions: The South African Conceptual Approach – Col. Laetitia Olivier, SA Army
5.    The Ethics Question: An Interim Framework – Prof. Deane-Peter Baker, University of New South Wales, Australia

PART TWO: Role-players in context
6.    The AU, Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Experiences and Challenges Dr Tim Murithi, Institute of Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
7.    Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development: Why Gender Matters - Prof. Lindy Heinecken, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
8.    UN Post-conflict Programming under Challenge in Post-electoral DRC - Prof. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State
9.    Post-war Programming in Sierra Leone: Revisiting the Challenges and Achievements of the UN - Laetitia Olivier, Theo Neethling and Benjamin Mokoena, University of  Stellenbosch, South Africa

PART THREE: Policy and practice
10.    Foreign Policy, the Military and Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development – Prof. Maxi Schoeman, University of Pretoria
11.    Campaigns or Contingency? South Africa, Africa and 21st-century Defence Design – Dr Greg Mills, Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa

Conclusion
12.    From Defence in a Democracy to Defence, Security and Development: Whiter Defence Thinking in South Africa? – Prof. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State

Academics and students of military academies; human rights lawyers and NGOs; students of international relations and political science; educated lay reader

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