Effective mediation in a rural community

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English: Although mediation is gaining considerable popularity on the African continent, very little research has been conducted into its nature and effectiveness. Even the most basic questions about mediation in rural communities remain largely unanswered. It has not been clearly determined: (a) what types of conflict can be mediated, (b) what responses occur in interpersonal conflict, (c) what solutions may be derived from mediation, and (d) whether there are differences in male-male, female-female, and male-female conflict. This study investigates these issues.