Local Peace Committees and Grassroots Peacebuilding in Africa

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This chapter reflects on the key role of local peace committees (LPCs) as mechanisms for peacebuilding in Africa. Local peace committees have recently gained heightened prominence globally against the backdrop of changing conflict dynamics and a new peacebuilding discourse that has increasingly valorized the local context. The “local turn” has given rise to diverse forms of grassroots peacebuilding initiatives. In taking stock of the practices and evolution of LPCs in Africa over the past 30 years, this chapter argues greater regionalization of LPCS and a more enabling legal and policy framework is essential to their continued efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe State of Peacebuilding in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationLessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030466367
ISBN (Print)9783030466350
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Africa
  • Civil society
  • Funding
  • Governance
  • Grassroots
  • International NGO’s
  • Local peace communities (LPC)
  • Peacebuilding
  • Policy frameworks
  • Social cohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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