The future of peace in Africa: complexities of local conflict(s) and liberal peace interventions.


  • Kafui Tsekpo University of South of Africa
  • Obodai Torto Institute of African Studies, CMS&CSPS, University of Ghana



Conflict, Northen Ghana, Liberal interventions, Norms, Local Peacebuilding, Africa, Leadership


This paper argues that a systematic understanding of local populations and their worldviews of what constitute peace – as expressed in their norms of relations holds promise for the future of peace in Africa. Africa continues to be the centre of international efforts at peacebuilding. These efforts at best have achieved mixed results, while barely addressing the root causes of violent conflicts by transforming state-society relations that breeds inclusivity and assures the progress of the collective regardless of geographic, social, economic, and political differentiations. To achieve this, it is important for actors in the peacebuilding industry to emphasise the local as fundamental to building durable peace. This stems from the knowledge that all societies embody the idea of peace with different connotations.  Such worldviews are important starting points for post-conflict peacebuilding efforts that portends for the collective good.  In this article, the Bimbilla case shows how local spaces that have suffered violent conflicts have inbuilt ideational and normative structures that can be used to address the anomaly of state-society relations. This is indicative of the many conflict and post-conflict spots in Africa. Emphasising the norms of the locale as a critically anchor to effective contemporary peacebuilding, and the future of durable peace in Africa.  




How to Cite

Tsekpo, K., & Torto, O. (2023). The future of peace in Africa: complexities of local conflict(s) and liberal peace interventions . Leadership and Developing Societies, 8(1), 41–59.