Justice practices in the village

A view over at traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution in the Gabú, Oio, and Tombali regions

Girls and the village chief at the community


In many developing countries, traditional or informal justice systems are responsible for the resolution of over 80% of conflicts in a community. These conflict resolution mechanisms play a significant role in rural and urban areas worldwide, addressing matters ranging from local crimes to protection of land and property, to issues concerning the resolution of family disputes and inheritance.

In February 2019, Interpeace and Voz di Paz, its partner in Guinea-Bissau, undertook a participatory research in three regions of the country, with support of UNICEF, UNDP and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, to better explore traditional mechanisms for conflict resolution. 

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