Having studied International Law, I am continuing to work in research focused on the resolution of conflicts through respect for International Law and Human Rights especially in the region of the Great Lakes in Africa. My study, mainly carried out in the Congo, will contribute towards better knowledge of needs not only on the theoretical aspects but also on the analytical aspects of defence and human security. It is necessary that cultural aspects be taken into consideration so that Africans will themselves be in a position to identify peaceful resolutions to conflicts on their continent. This kind of research is of utmost importance to South/South cooperation for sustainable development.
Sincere thanks go to the Japanese Government for their generous contribution as without this grant the research would have not been undertaken.
05 March 2003