Ghana is both locally and internationally described as an oasis of peace and stability on a continent circumvented by conflicts. The country has not experienced any form of large-scale violence or civil war since independence in March 1957. Nevertheless, it is faced with pockets of relative violence, including chieftaincy conflict and land dispute, killing several people and destroying many properties. In an effort to help resolve these conflicts, the Ghanaian government ends up prolonging it due to its position in some of the conflicts. However, the review of secondary data revealed that many of the conflicts in Ghana have often needed the intervention of civil society organizations to end them, or to bring relative peace since warring parties often, do not see the government as neutral. The author recommends that government should create the enabling environment for the civil society organizations to operate smoothly in their quest to resolve conflicts and to promote peace without the civil society organizations compromising their neutrality and objectivity.

Author Bio

Abdul Karim Issifu holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Peace and Development Studies from the Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast-Ghana. He is the President of West Africa Peace Ambassadors Network (WAPAN) and works as an independent peace, conflict and development researcher. His research interests include conflict management and peacebuilding, indigenous conflict resolution, chieftaincy and ethnic conflict. His previous publications are featured in the Journal of Global Peace and Conflict, Peace Studies Journal, and the International Journal of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility.

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