Post-conflict reconstruction, peacebuilding and mine action: new worlds in the aftermath of conflict
Sarah Njeri (King's College London)
Eka Ikpe (King's College London)
Economy and Development
50 George Square, G.05
Wednesday 12 June, 10:45-12:15

Short abstract:

The panel will examine the reality of mine action as enabling peacebuilding to reconnect and rebuild societies including the impact of mine action towards socio-economic transformation across time; it will also examine how global/regional political economy factors shape the impact of mine action.

Long abstract:

The African context has and continues to experience disruptions through violent conflict with attendant efforts to reconnect societies with the sense of return to an idea of normality. Mines are a devastating element in the prosecution of conflict not least because of the enduring impact after peace agreements are signed and political settlements negotiated. They contribute to maintaining this disruption amidst transition efforts. This impact is evident in the physical disruption of daily economic and social life due to fear, whether perceived or real, and the psychological detachment from the reality of peace. Mine action provides a range of significant collaborative and multidimensional interventions. This provides for a valuable context for understanding how knowledge is produced and deployed towards impact across policy, practitioner and academic spaces. This panel will explore the interconnections across conflict as disruption (due to mine contamination) and peacebuilding/reconstruction by reconnecting societies as market spaces and social systems (through mine action). This is an important area of study given the vast resources provided by states, traditional donors and those from emerging economies. It is also significant because of its contribution to technological advancements offering opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Thus, this panel calls for papers that; examine the realities of mine action as peacebuilding to reconnect and rebuild societies; consider the impact of mine action towards socio-economic transformation across time; and examine how global/ regional political economy factors shape the conduct and impact of mine action on peacebuilding. We are keen to build an interdisciplinary panel.