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The case of land in Zimbabwe: Cause of conflict, foundation for peace

McCandless, Erin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Reconciliation, Justice, and Coexistence: Theory & Practice, ed. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, pp. 209-233. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

As land ownership has been and continues to be a major source of conflict in Zimbabwe, the question of land reform raises intense issues: how can land or other resources be redistributed in a just manner and toward just ends, fostering reconciliation and promoting sustainable human development? To deal with these issues, McCandless begins by examining aspects of reconciliation and justice theory on protracted social conflict, especially as such theorizing proposes a hybrid justice-reconciliation conceptual framework. He then applies these ideas to the case of land reform in Zimbabwe: post-independence policy; the government’s approaches; the international community’s role; challenges and opportunities as presented by stakeholders; the work of non-governmental organizations; and land redistribution toward a sustainable just peace.


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