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“Helping people repair houses”: Reflecting on processes in the “Partnerships for Peacemaking” project among the Enga of PNG

Lacey, Roderic
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Paper presented at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project seminar, held in Canberra, Australia, 6 October. Canberra, Australian National University.

Enga Province is a region in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. In recent decades violent conflict among the Enga people has increased. Governmental and non-governmental responses have included a range of approaches from coercive, formal criminal justice measures to more traditional or customary processes, including village courts. A major non-governmental means of conflict resolution has been the development by the Catholic Diocese of Wabag (Enga) of conflict resolution teams in local communities – Gutpela Sindaun Committees – as alternatives to tribal fighting. In this context, Lacey’s paper presents his research into Enga culture, including warfare and peacemaking in that culture.


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