Civil Society and Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Anthropocene: An Overview

English | 2022 | ISBN: 978-3-030-95179-5 | 590 pages | True PDF, EPUB | 21.6 MB

This book examines civil society’s peacebuilding role in sub-Saharan Africa in the context
of climate change and the pursuit of environmental peace and justice in the Anthropocene.
Five main research themes emerge from its 20 chapters
· The roles of environmental peacemaking, environmental justice, ecological
education and eco-ethics in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change
· Peacebuilding by CSOs after violent conflicts, with particular reference to
accountability, reconciliation and healing
· CSO involvement in democratic processes and political transition after violent
· Relationships between local CSOs and their foreign funders and the interactions
between CSOs and the African Union’s peace and security architecture.
· The particular role of faith-based CSOs
The book underlines the centrality of dialogue to African peacebuilding and the indigenous
wisdom and philosophies on which it is based. Such wisdom will be a key resource in
confronting the existential challenges of the Anthropocene.
The book will be a significant resource for researchers, academics and policymakers
concerned with the challenge of climate change, its interactions with armed conflict and the peacebuilding role of CSOs.
· This pathbreaking book shows why peacebuilding analysis and efforts need to be
urgently re-oriented towards the existential challenges of environmental peace and
· It explains the emerging conceptual frameworks which are needed for this new role.
· It explains the critical role that CSOs – local and international – will play in
implementing this new peacebuilding approach, with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa.