Conflicts And Conflict Management Mechanisms In Selected Districts In The Northern Region, Ghana

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ABSTRACT

The Northern Region is witnessing protracted and relapsed conflicts and attempts

at restoring enduring peace, largely, through Western models, particularly, the

formal court system, have not been successful. This study analyses conflicts and

conflict management mechanisms in the Northern Region of Ghana towards a

comprehensive and sustainable management of the conflicts. The study is purely

qualitative, employing the multiple case study design. Sixty-two participants

were, purposively, selected for the study. Interview guide, focus group discussion

guide and observation checklist were the instruments used for data collection.

Data were analysed using thematic and cross-site analysis. The study found that

each faction constructs a kind of mythical history mingling elements of truth

about the olden days. Different versions of the history, while not held by all

members of the community, tend to provide a continuing rationale for rejecting

pragmatic compromises. Besides, the procedural structure and adversarial nature

of the court system produced unsatisfactory outcomes, which do not create

opportunities for peacebuilding initiatives. Indigenous mechanisms were, also,

reliant on unwritten and flexible precedents, which lead to an abuse of the

mechanisms by the traditional leaders. The study concludes, among others, that

indigenous processes are currently inconsistent and, sometimes, discriminatory.

Nonetheless, the mechanisms have proven to be meaningful, accessible, and

affordable. Therefore, Peace Councils should develop a comprehensive

programme to incorporate aspects of both the indigenous and Western-centred

judicial structures for the purposes of legitimacy.

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APA

SSA, R (2021). Conflicts And Conflict Management Mechanisms In Selected Districts In The Northern Region, Ghana. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/conflicts-and-conflict-management-mechanisms-in-selected-districts-in-the-northern-region-ghana

MLA 8th

Research, SSA. "Conflicts And Conflict Management Mechanisms In Selected Districts In The Northern Region, Ghana" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 05 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/conflicts-and-conflict-management-mechanisms-in-selected-districts-in-the-northern-region-ghana . Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

MLA7

Research, SSA. "Conflicts And Conflict Management Mechanisms In Selected Districts In The Northern Region, Ghana". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 05 Apr. 2021. Web. 14 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/conflicts-and-conflict-management-mechanisms-in-selected-districts-in-the-northern-region-ghana >.

Chicago

Research, SSA. "Conflicts And Conflict Management Mechanisms In Selected Districts In The Northern Region, Ghana" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 14, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/conflicts-and-conflict-management-mechanisms-in-selected-districts-in-the-northern-region-ghana