Editorial introduction

James Herbert Williams, John F. Jones

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The article offers comments on human security, conflict resolution, capacity building, and sustainable livelihoods in Africa. The term 'human security' may be defined as a process of intervention to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment through protection of civil rights and provision of basic human needs. The resolution of conflict depends on building new sustainable relationships between hostile groups. It demands the acknowledgement of divisions while focusing on the core reasons for the quarrel. The intent is to tackle hostility constructively so that violence is minimized, antagonisms overcome, outcomes made mutually acceptable, and settlements made secure. Ethnic minorities are especially vulnerable. The capacity of communities to create and sustain their livelihood is necessary for their survival. To ensure conditions that hinder or threaten access to food, shelter, health services, personal liberty, and economic security, community capital should include control over human and natural resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)iii-ix
JournalRegional Development Dialogue
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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