TRADITIONAL MECHANISMS OF DISPUTES RESOLUTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES THE CASE OF AGADI, BLUE NILE STATE

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2015-06-17
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Hisham Adam Ali, Essaque
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This study, focuses on the issue of traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution in Agadi area, Blue Nile State. However, a number of modes of conflict settlement are given especial concern, in the context of the study. These modes are: friendly pacification, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and repressive pacification. In addition, the study concentrated mainly on the relationship among the preferences of the members of the community and the modes of the settlement that are mentioned above. Furthermore, the study attempted to find out the basic roles that are played by these local mechanisms in social control and peace building, on the grass root level. In terms of methodology, the study adopts a holistic approach in order to yield fruitful information that is relevant to the study. As for data collection, the study adopted upon focus group discussion, individual interviews and observation. Besides, I consulted books, papers, reports, internet websites, newspapers, relevant administrative reports and maps on the relevant issues. The research findings can be summarized as follows: people in Agadi area depend profoundly in resolving their conflicts on traditional methods of conflict resolution. Traditional mechanisms are predominant and have been played and still play a crucial role in terms of conflict settlement process. As for alternative dispute resolution, different factors play a crucial role in the process of preferences, in terms of a specific mode; such as, friendly pacification, mediation, and so forth. These factors are: the structure of intimacy among the third party and principals, the relational distance between principals, the structure of the conflict, social status of the third party, the structure of social support and the availability of alternative modes of conflict resolution.
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TRADITIONAL MECHANISMS OF DISPUTES RESOLUTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES THE CASE OF AGADI, BLUE NILE STATE
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