REFELA, the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa, supports the participation of women in governance through exchanging ideas and information, and fostering active participation in debates. The REFELA dialogues involve discussions on issues pertaining specifically to locally elected women in Africa, as well as broader issues around local governance as a whole.
In light of this role, UCLG-Africa and ACCORD are organizing this training to support REFELA members in strengthening their conflict management skills, as a means to assist their efforts to address the governance and development issue of increasing urban conflict.
The link between urbanization, unrest, violence and conflict is complex. Violence in urban areas is heterogeneous, not uniformly distributed, and does not correlate in any straightforward manner to population size or urban geography. Urban violence takes many forms, from inter-personal and gender-based violence, to riots and protest action, to more structured and well-organized forms of criminal or political violence (Cockayne, Bosetti and Hussain, 2017).
The variety of factors associated with urban conflict, including complex patterns of causation and interdependence, makes the eradication of violence extremely difficult. In order to better mitigate, manage and resolve urban conflicts, understanding has to be built around the nexus of urbanisation, local governance and conflict, and how best to address both the causes and effects of urban conflict.
Capacitating local government stakeholders with the skills and knowledge to manage conflict is a proactive measure that will support local efforts to prevent and mitigate conflicts that may arise in these increasingly densely populated urban environments.
Addressing and managing conflict at these urban levels not only mitigates the potential for violence in those immediate localities, but also can prevent local conflicts from escalating to larger and intractable conflicts.
Specifically, this webinar aims to:
- Strengthen conflict analysis skills.
- Increased understanding of approaches to mediation and negotiation.
- Discuss particular issues affecting locally elected women.