Building Peace Through Local Peace Committees: African Experiences

  • Norman ChivasaEmail author


There is increasing interest in the prevention and mitigation of violent conflict by community-based formations or ‘grassroots institutions’, which include customary courts and also new formations such as local peace committees (LPCs) of various kinds. Using examples from Africa and other parts of the world, this chapter finds that such community-based formations have had considerable success in dealing with inter-personal conflicts within communities and also conflicts between communities. However, in Zimbabwe, such community-based formations have not been fully embraced.


Conflict resolution Grassroots institutions Local peace committees Customary courts Zimbabwe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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