Additional Authors

Mati, Jacob Mwathi

Publication Date

6-13-2012

Summary

Volunteering is central to any community-centered development intervention. As such, volunteers can contribute substantially to establishing and preserving peace. This paper describes various interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional theoretical perspectives to explain why volunteerism is particularly suited to peacemaking and peacekeeping. Special consideration is given to how involving young volunteers may be highly beneficial to peacemaking and peacekeeping. The paper emphasizes the “added value” of utilizing volunteers in peace and development organizations, and provides specific examples from the Eastern African region that illustrate how volunteerism is being used to prevent conflict, to mediate and transform active conflict, and to reduce the consequences of violent conflict.

Document Type

Working Paper

Category

Civic Engagement and Service

Subarea

International Service

Original Citation

Lough, B. J., & Mwathi Mati, J. (2012). Volunteerism for peace in east Africa (CSD Working Paper No. 12-29). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7936/K7BZ65KZ

Project

Civic Engagement and Service

Keywords

volunteer, youth, theory

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