ACCORD occasionally publishes in-depth books on conflict resolution themes. They form part of ACCORD's knowledge production work to inform peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. They aim to provide succinct, rigorous and accessible research to stimulate informed and relevant debate to promote dialogue as a way to peacefully resolve conflict.

Views and Visions of Coexistence in South Africa

Edited by Jannie Malan


This project was jointly undertaken by the Durban-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the New York-based Coexistence Initiative. The main objective was to elicit local understandings and articulations of coexistence in South Africa. The idea was to select a few situations where violent conflict had been replaced by peaceful coexistence, and to learn from what the people could share about their experiences.

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The project was therefore planned as Coexistence Community Consultations in which receptively listening facilitators would encourage participants to explain and discuss how they had moved from conflict to coexistence and how they established and sustained their mode of coexisting with one another.