Reconstruction and reconciliation: emerging from transition (Paper from Symposium)

In this paper, the author addresses some of the myths about solutions to social conflict, and reflects on problems he experienced with aid efforts organised by the international community, through the UN, focusing on Bosnia rather than Africa. Bosnia, as part of Europe, did not suffer the apathy that characterised international responses to events in Rwanda and Burundi before 1994. He then addresses what he sees as the flawed assumptions underlying the emphasis on economic reconstruction in the wake of war and conflict.