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Informal Channels for Conflict Resolution in Ibadan, Nigeria

Isaac Olawale Albert
Tinu Awe
Georges Hérault
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Preface and Acknowlegdements

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1Attempts have been made in the recent past, especially by some United Nations agencies, to address the problems of social exclusion and poverty in Africa. Emphasis is now placed on understanding how the poor cope with poverty and what can be done to assist them through appropriate policy instruments. In April 1995, a symposium was held at Ouagadougou by the World Bank/UNDP/UNCHS Urban Management Programme (UMP) on the issue of justice and urban poverty. Professor Georges Hérault, the director of IFRA Ibadan, attended this crucial meeting where the decision was taken to start a pilot study of informal judicial channels in three African cities — Ouagadougou, Abidjan and Cape Town. P. Diagne was appointed the coordinator of the project.

2Owing to the importance attached to this research issue, IFRA Ibadan decided to collaborate with UMP by commissioning a similar project on Ibadan, one of the largest cities in tropical Africa. The Ibadan component of the study involved extensive oral interviews, participant observation and library research. This was done in collaboration with the UNCHS (Habitat) assisted Sustainable Ibadan Programme (Project Manager, David W. Taiwo and Chief Technical Advisor, William R. Bloxom).

3We seize this opportunity to thank our numerous informants, our research assistants and the staff of IFRA for their support. More importantly, we express our gratitude to Mr. Alioune Badiane, the regional coordinator of UMP for Africa and Mr. Franz Vanderschueren of UNCHS (Habitat) for their encouragement in the carrying out of this project.

© IFRA-Nigeria, 1995

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