are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
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|Ethno-Net Africa is a UNESCO-MOST network of African social scientists
engaged in comparative research, monitoring and evaluation of ethnic conflicts
and social change in Africa. It attempts to address ethnic issues in a more
constructive, comparative and regional perspective, identifying common denominators
and drawing lessons from experiences in specific countries and regions.
One of its main objectives is to fill the existing gaps in our knowledge
and understanding of issues of ethnicity and culture in order to contribute
to conflict resolution and prevention. In this perspective, it also aims
at providing appropriate solutions to policy makers in need of advice on
ethnic oriented problems.
The main objective of the network is to provide a better understanding of the ethnicity and ethnic conflicts in Africa by collecting, analysing and disseminating information in an effort to provide an early warning system and prevent conflicts.
Specific objectives include:
b) conduct comparative research on specific ethnic issues in a number of African countries;
c) capacity building: training and mentoring of young scholars;
d) establish and maintain a database on ethnic conflicts
a) National Monitoring Units were established in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, Zambia;
b) Leaders of national teams were trained in the collection and analysis of data;
c) A database has been established in Yaounde, Cameroon that collects, analyses and updates data sent in by national teams or co-ordinators;
d) Publications/Documentation: The Network has produced three major documents:
2) Bibliography on Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict, edited by Nkwi and Njilie
3) Rapport Général sur Ethno-Net Afrique
a) conduct comparative research in African countries on ethnicity, politics
The network is expected to constitute a database not only on ethnic conflicts and social transformation but will provide also basic information to governments, national and international institutions seeking lasting solutions to multi-ethnic and multi-cultural problems. Ethno-Net Africa will also be a resource centre with the capacity to respond to any ethnic issues or problems in Africa. Its comparative perspective will serve as a theoretical and practical model for the understanding of ethnic problems. As a cross-cultural institution, Ethno-Net Africa, will digest and circulate information through its bimonthly newsletter. Other products of the network will include the following:
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