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Bringing theory to practice and practice to theory: A story of a mediation program in North Central Nigeria

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents a virtual talk with Dr. Rebecca Wolf, Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of International Policy & Development, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

About the talk:

Weak states have often relied upon local leaders to resolve intra- and inter-communal disputes. Consequently, numerous peacebuilding interventions target these leaders with mediation training. However, previous evidence for whether these types of training programs improve dispute resolution and whether these effects extend to the community as a whole, was sporadic and largely anecdotal. In this talk, Dr. Wolfe will discuss her experience designing and then researching such programs, highlighting an example from North Central Nigeria, a region plagued with farmer-herder and other communal violence for decades. Comparing communities with leaders trained in Interest-Based Negotiation with communities where leaders did not receive training, she and her colleagues found that trained leaders were more successful in resolving disputes. Moreover, those in communities with trained leaders experienced fewer violent events and felt more secure. Dr. Wolfe will close the session describing how these results are informing future programming, and how future research will aim to refine further peacebuilding practice.


May 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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