Peacebuilding and justice in conflict: the imperative for transformative justice in the post-war reconstruction of Chad
Badewa, Adeyemi Saheed
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The fault lines in the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms have posed enormous challenges to peacebuilding, reconciliation, and reconstruction in many postconflict societies, particularly in the Global South. This illustrates the complex nature of Chad's conflicts (since 1965), its deep-seated political instability, and armed intervention, worsened by the lack of justice for victims of repression and social injustice. Regrettably, the flawed processes of peace building and justice in conflict, amidst democratic faux pas have undermined nation building and post-war reconstruction in Chad, with far-reaching regional implications. Dissecting the needs and justice of the average Chadian population from those of the key actors has been problematic in the country's peacebuilding processes. The research advances the imperative for transformative justice as a model for conflict resolution, sustainable peace, good governance, and social justice in the post-war reconstruction of Chad. A qualitative method involving a desk review of secondary data, including theories of peacebuilding and transitional justice is undertaken. Its delimitation was the post-Hissene Habre era (1982-1990) till the present. Although, references were made to the events from the post-independent Chad and the Habre years, as background. Therefore, the study argues that peacebuilding or post-war reconstruction in Chad should be predicated on the long-term transformation processes involving socio-economic, political, and legal justice priorities toward sustainable development. This further highlights the significance of transformative justice in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and multidisciplinary approach to strategic peacebuilding in fragile states.