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Peace please

Feb 3, 2010, 1:25 PM

Conflict is an ever-present problem in human relations, and such situations appear with much frequency in daily, public, and private life.

These conflicts may be on a small or large scale; they may occur within and among groups, communities, or nations; and, they may be triggered by ethnic, racial, religious, or economic differences, or arise from differences in values, beliefs, and attitudes regarding issues.

Local communities are constantly faced with issues such as funding for education, siting of waste disposal facilities and zoning that have the potential of leading to community conflict.

What causes conflict to emerge in communities and community groups?

How can one minimize, deal with, "manage", or resolve community and group conflict?

How do groups use conflict as a strategy to bring about desired changes?

All conflicts are not the same. We face conflicts at all levels. We have disagreements within family, friends, and co-workers.

"Conflicts are rarely resolved easily. Most conflicts are managed as individuals work out differences...."

It should be always noted that insecurity and conflict affect the availability of food through the destruction of productive assets, household food stores, and so on.

A combination of these factors, no doubt, does have clear outcomes in terms of food and livelihood security.

"Peace hath her victories No less renowned than war."

John Milton