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Title:Sustainable peace and development in the Great Lakes region, Africa
Author:Bizoza, Alfred R.ISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Rwanda journal, Series B, Social sciences
Volume:19
Pages:5-16
Language:English
Geographic terms:Great Lakes region
Burundi
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Rwanda
Subjects:peacebuilding
sustainable development
Abstract:This paper recalls some of the possible socioeconomic areas that can be reinforced under cooperation between Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for sustainable peace, leading to sustainable development in the Great Lakes region. It is based on information from referenced literature and the author's experience in the study area. Although different conflicts have characterized these countries, there are rich opportunities that can jointly be utilized towards sustainable peace and development in the region. However, for any sustainable development initiative, there is a well recognized need for peacemakers or 'peace holders' to play their roles correctly to allow potential investors to commit their capital to investment. Key actors in promoting peace and development are local leaders and the local population (followers), the international community, and civil society and the media. The paper concludes with the hope that once initiatives are taken to prevent conflicts and the related consequences, development agents are likely to significantly play their roles towards sustainable development. Finally, the paper offers areas for deeper analysis of some of the arguments by other researchers through a multidisciplinary approach, and policy intervention towards fostering efforts to peace and hence development. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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