CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF PEACE AND CONFLICTS RESOLUTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY AFRICA
Keywords:Challenges, Prospects, Peace, Conflict Resolution, 21st Century
This paper attempts to examine the challenges and prospects of peace and conflicts resolution in Africa, particularly using the application of the technological revolution of the 21st century. The post-colonial character of Africa has no doubt, imposed some enormous burdens of nation-building on many of the states in aftermaths of the colonial ethno-geographical alterations of the indigenous boundaries and societies in Africa with dire consequences for governance system and the inter-group relations in general. However, it is also apt to remark that, African continent as a recipient of the contemporary technological revolution of the digital age, has been much endeared to the adaptability of the accompanied tools in the digital revolution with that wider embrace of such across states on the continent. Similarly, it is also observed that, violent conflicts in the recent times in Africa are now much instigated and escalated through unhindered access of the cyberspace by the warring parties and actors. This paper therefore, has adopted a literature-based methodology to interrogate the possible use of the digital tools in conflict resolution and peace building efforts in Africa. It is however, in the opinion of this paper that, given the right democratic ambience of good governance and the appropriate deployment of the tools of the digital technology in Africa, the challenges of conflict resolution and peace-building can be adequately confronted in the collective interest and the wellbeing of the Africa continent.
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