From Angola to Zimbabwe: Conflict resolution and governance in Africa

“The Southern African region has reached a critical juncture in its political and
economic development. Recent events in Zimbabwe and Angola bring into
sharp relief the divergence in political and economic standards, norms and
values, where today there are questions surrounding the democratic status of
more than half of the 14 member states of the Southern African Development
Community (SADC). There is an imperative to find strategies, mechanisms
and institutions to develop, entrench and sustain a commonality—or
convergence—of acceptable norms pertaining to good governance including
upholding the rule of law, deepening democracy and respect for human
rights, and promoting press and media freedom. The focus of this paper is conlict resolution and the lessons learned from that.”