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Angela Mickley

This is the page of Prof. Dr. Angela Mickley. 

Namibia

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Project:

Crisis prevention by means of capacity building in Namibia. In 2003, A. Mickley researched several issues in Namibia. She examined how the country dealt with its increasing security issues, resulting from the troubled histories of its inhabitants. As a consequence, she developed the program “I-ACT Namibia“.

Principal objective:

Representatives of the Namibian state and its civil society acquire key skills in conflict analysis, negotiation, decision-making and mediation. They establish an expert network in their region, whose members will be able to discern conflicts at an early stage and resolve them in a sustainable way and without foreign assistance. Traumas and burdens from the past will be considered throughout the project (cp. projects in Moldova in 1997 and 2012, in Georgia 2011/12, Armenia 2013).

Why Namibia?

Namibia’s relation to Germany and to Apartheid‘s South Africa is burdened by history. In 1904, the troops of the German Empire committed genocide against the Herero, Damara and Nama. The South African regime of Apartheid, the fight for independence, and times of exile have caused additional traumas as well as differing biographies, values and world views.

Project team:

Angela Mickley (concept/project leadership), Corinna Kärnbach/Benjamin Schernick (conflict resolution expertise/lecturing), employees of PEACE Centre Windhoek, and honorary experts from Germany (law, political science, ethnology)

Projects and participants:

Trainings in mediation and conflict resolution:

  • employees of PEACE Centre Windhoek
  • Departments of Health and Social Development
  • Department of Communication
  • SWAPO Women`s Council
  • Ombudsman`s Office
  • University of Namibia
  • Schools
  • Lutheran church

Three-week-long training in Human Security, Governance und Conflict Resolution in the Ministry of Defence’s Master degree course “Strategy & Security Studies”

Results:

  • SWAPO-Women’s Council indicates a necessity to focus the burdens and traumas of the past, issues of reconciliation and acute conflicts in in-house training.
  • University of Namibia integrates mediation into the curriculum of several degree courses
  • PEACE Centre Windhoek adds conflict resolution and mediation to its set of psychosocial skills.
  • Decision-makers in government departments include mediation in human resource policies
  • In addition to extrajudicial arbitration, Ombudsman’s Office directors and investigators offer mediation
  • In their Life Skills lessons, schools teach mediation (key competences in Europe)

Parts of the I-ACT Project were co-funded by: Forum Berufsbildung / Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung / Ministry of Defence, Namibia / SWAPO Women’s Council / DAAD / private sponsors