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Analysis: How best to remove guns from post-conflict zones? | IRIN Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 28 July 2011 (IRIN) – Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward.

The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of peace and even encourage a return to conflict. However, sometimes they can be termed “good practice”.

Nelson Alusala, author of a monograph published recently by the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies – entitled Reintegrating ex-Combatants in the Great Lakes Region, and charting the largest DDR programme ever undertaken to support about 400,000 ex-combatants in nine countries – outlines the dangers of buy-back.

Read more here: IRIN Africa | Analysis: How best to remove guns from post-conflict zones? | DRC | Liberia | Mozambique | Sierra Leone | South Sudan | Conflict | Governance | Human Rights | Security.

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