Inter-Ethnic Conflict Resolution by Local Peace Committee: The Case of Afar-Amhara Conflict

Inter-Ethnic Conflict Resolution by Local Peace Committee: The Case of Afar-Amhara Conflict

Belay Asmare

Woldia University, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Over the years, the Afar and Amhara people of the North Eastern Ethiopia have locked horns over the control of resources. The federal government delegated power to the two regional governments to settle the conflict between the two ethnic groups. However, efforts made by this tier of governments are failed to stop the conflict in the area. As a result, they established the joint LPCs made up of local people from both ethnic groups. Hence, the objective of this study was to investigate the process, challenges and opportunities of these LPC in its conflict resolution journey. To this attempt, the study employed both primary and secondary data sources. The study revealed that the LPCs employ series of process to resolve the conflict in the study area. Besides, it identifies a number of glaring challenges that the LPCs faced with. Despite the challenges that the LPCs faced with, the study further identifies the existence of opportunities which can positively benefit the LPCs to transform the conflict in the study area. In nutshell, the LPCs are found to be very important institutions in conflict resolution and promoting peace in the study area. Therefore, the study recommended those governmental and non-governmental agencies, the LPC members, the community, and intellectuals altogether should strive to decrease the challenges and promote the opportunities of these LPCs to solve the Afar-Amhara conflicts at the border.

Keywords: Afar, Amhara, conflict resolution, inter-ethnic conflict, Local Peace Committees (LPCs)

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Belay Asmare. Inter-Ethnic Conflict Resolution by Local Peace Committee: The Case of Afar-Amhara Conflict. Global Journal of Religions, 2020,2:5


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