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In some circumstances traditional mechanisms can complement conventional judicial systems and provide the potential for promoting justice, reconciliation and a culture of democracy. This book is both a general knowledge resource and a practitioner’s guide. It is aimed at both national bodies seeking to employ traditional justice mechanisms, as well as external agencies supporting such processes. Each case study and the conclusions have clear recommendations for how traditional justice mechanisms can be implemented. Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences is based on the findings of a comparative study examining the role played by traditional justice mechanisms in dealing with the legacy of violent conflict in Africa. It focuses on five countries – Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda – that are used as the basis for outlining conclusions and options for future policy development in the related areas of post-conflict reconstruction, democracy building and development. The report cautions against unrealistic expectations of traditional structures and offers a sober, evidence-based assessment of both the strengths and the weaknesses of traditional conflict management mechanisms within the broader framework of post-conflict social reconstruction efforts. (author's abstract)