Storians: Building on Indigenous Knowledge to Enhance Ni-Vanuatu Mediative Capacity

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This article examines the elicitive style of conflict resolution training implemented in Vanuatu through the Kastom Governance Partnership, an international collaboration between Australian and Ni-Vanuatu institutions. The workshops sought to elicit and articulate a framework of managing conflict that built on kastom mediation, introduced Western conflict resolution frameworks and skills, and provided critical reflection on both. The aim of the workshops was to build the mediative capacity of Ni-Vanuatu chiefs in dealing with conflicts impacted by introduced change. The training outcomes indicate both strengths and challenges of elicitive-style workshops designed to elide the hegemony of Western conflict resolution training.

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