Uncovering the merits of African approaches to foster democracy, human rights, and conflicts resolutions in Africa

Serges Djoyou Kamga (University of South Africa)
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 16:00
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Short abstract:

African countries are urged to establish democracy, advance human rights and solve conflicts when they arise. Yet, these initiatives are informed by Western approaches. This panel unpacks the merits African cultures and traditions in supplementing global mechanisms seeking better life for all

Long abstract:

Since time immemorial, the African continent is urged to establish democracy, advance human rights and solve conflict when they arise. However, these initiatives are generally sponsored by the international community or Northern donors with no or little understanding of local contexts. Consequently, "modern" approaches to advancing democracy, human rights, or conflicts resolutions are not always responsive to local contexts and are often perceived as preserving colonial-style approaches to African affairs. They overlook African traditional approaches to issues that should be central to African communities. Therefore these traditional mechanisms increasingly come under pressure and run the risk of being marginalized. The aim of this panel is to highlight the advantages of African traditional approaches to democracy, human rights or conflict resolutions in Africa. For some time, a growing number of scholars have examined the value of African traditions and culture in advancing democracy, human rights and conflicts resolutions for Africa's development. The papers in this panel will contribute to this new wave of research. In this respect, without necessarily linking democracy, human rights and conflicts resolutions together, papers in this panel will revolve around how African culture can be tapped into to supplement the global standards of human rights, or democracy or conflicts resolution for example. Ultimately, the panel enables scholars to unpack African cultures and traditions and how they can be relied upon to significantly supplement global standards that seek a better life for all.