Preventing violent conflict in Africa: inequalities, perceptions and institutions

12 December 2013 16:30 - 18:00 GMT+00
Public event
Streamed live online


Frances Stewart, Professor Emeritus in Development Economics, Oxford University

Yoichi Mine, Professor of Human Security and African Studies, Doshisha University, Japan, and Visiting Fellow, JICA Research Institute.


Lisa Denney, Research Officer, Overseas Development Insitute
Simon Levine, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group


Marta Foresti, Head of the Politics and Governance Programme, Overseas Development Institute

Horizontal inqualities are the root causes of violent conflict in Africa. Yet to what extent do people's perceptions of injustices differ from statistical data on inequality? Based on recent research funded by the  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),  this event will explore the results of original surveys with over 3,000 respondents in African cities and towns, as well as analysis of historical experiences of conflict and reconciliation in Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria to ask why neighbouring countries - which share common historical traits - have sometimes taken contrasting pathways of peace and violent conflict.