n African Renaissance - The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) : Japan and peace building in Africa

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Africa faces numerous challenges, among which is peace building. Intra- and inter-state conflicts pose peace and security threats that inhibit the promotion of socio-economic development and life sustenance. This is particularly true in post-conflict societies. There is the danger of resumption of violent conflicts in spite of strides made towards ending conflicts, for example, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Even in relatively stable societies, the potential for conflict remains. This suggests the need to create conditions for sustainable peace and development. The peace building role of regional and sub regional organizations, while commendable, require assistance from international donors to augment their meager resources and capacities. In this respect, the paper discusses Japan's growing, albeit important contribution to peace building in Africa.

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