Dr. Iddy Ramadhani Magoti holds a Diploma and BA in Education, and an MA and PhD in History. He was employed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education as a secondary school teacher in 1998 before joining the Department of History at the University of Dar es Salaam as a tutorial assistant in 2007. After receiving his MA in November 2007, he was promoted to assistant lecturer. Since completing his PhD studies in 2017, he has been a lecturer in the Department of History of the University of Dar es Salaam. His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution, peace and security, identities, ethnic relations and cultural studies, and economic, social, political, and military histories.
Some of his prominent research works include his MA dissertation titled “Ethnic Conflicts in Tarime District from late Pre-colonial period to the Present” and his PhD thesis titled “Ethnic Identity and the State: The Dynamics of Intra- and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Mara River Basin, 1900- 2010,” which were submitted to the University of Dar es Salaam in 2007 and 2017 respectively.
This project examines how traditional and modern approaches of conflict management, resolution and peace building mechanisms can be integrated to ensure sustainable peace among the Kuria people of Tanzania and Kenya. The project is grounded on the fact that African communities continue to experience conflicts of various natures which threaten peace in their areas and consequently limit development of those communities. While conflicts continue to escalate, traditional and modern approaches which are employed in managing conflicts and building peace seem to have failed to the extent that different stake holders in the field of conflict management and peace building are now calling for institution of new alternative approaches. This project is responding to that call with the assumption that integration of traditional and modern approaches would bring significant results in the management of conflicts and peace building process in Africa. The study employs a qualitative historical research method which relies on documentary reviews, archival research and oral in-depth interviews. It departs from liberal and indigenization peace theories to emphasis of integrative approach of conflict management and peace building. It argues that both traditional and modern approaches can be combined and subsequently perform a reciprocal function in the whole process of building peace. The study intends to provide research based evidence upon which synergies between the traditional and state-based approaches of conflict resolution can be made and new approach for conflict management and peace building in Africa be established. I believe that evidence which will be accrued from this study and the new approach proposed by this project will help policy makers to design new policies and practices which, in a long run, may lead into sustainable conflicts resolution.