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Adeola Adams, Chux Gervase Iwu

DOI: 10.22495/cocv12i4c4p1


Conflicts are inevitable. They can be prevented on some occasions, managed on others, but resolved only if the term conflict is taken to mean the satisfaction of apparent demands rather than the total eradication of underlying sentiments. Within the context of South Africa and Nigeria, two nations characterised by a mix of reputations, the understanding of the concepts of conflict prevention, conflict management and conflict transformation is pertinent to courting peace and harmony among the different groups of people. For one, conflict resolution opportunities restore our humanness and avowed commitment to the larger society. This is premised against the backdrop that conflict is both an intrinsic and inevitable part of human existence involving the pursuit of incompatible interests and goals by parties. This paper attempts the development of a general framework for understanding the different concepts of conflict. The paper concludes by admitting that conflict resolution has less to do with removing conflict per se, but evolving an appropriate option for nipping it in the bud before it degenerates into a crisis. Conflict resolution therefore becomes the harbinger of our social reconstruction and the criterion for measuring the sanity and conformity of social systems.

Key words: Boko Haram, Conflict Management, Conflict Prevention, COSATU, Niger-Delta Crisis, Nigeria, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Xenophobia

How to cite this paper: Adams, A., & Iwu, C. G. (2015). Conflict resolution: Understanding concepts and issues in conflict prevention, management and transformation. Corporate Ownership & Control, 12(4-4), 431-439.

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