n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Communication and language : the fundamental tools in conflicts resolution

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


Conflicts and conflicts resolution are part and parcel of man's existential nature. Since many of the policy prescriptions for solving social conflicts and the establishment of good governance are really performing the reverse, there is bound to be crises and violence. However, the issues of communication and language consideration in the facilitation of conflict resolution operations and programmes have not attracted much attention from peace facilitator and scholars compared with other similar issues. Thus, the role of communication, especially in conflict ridden environment cannot be over emphasized. Language, which is primarily human mode of communication, stands out as an effective tool for conflict resolution. This paper takes a cursory look at issues surrounding the issue of communication, language, conflict resolution and governance. In addition, communication and language issue has become significant in ensuring a tremendous improvement in conflict resolution operation and training for all parties. This probably explains why there has not been a definite, precise and concise formulation of communication and language policy to guide the practice of conflict resolution.

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