Conflict in Africa can be fostered by perceptions of inequality and exclusive political systems as well as objective inequality, according to a new book by the JICA Research Institute, presented at a Friends of Europe event. The book, “Preventing Violent Conflict in Africa”, recommended that political institutions be as inclusive as possible and that governments and agencies work to dispel false perceptions of inequality. “Africa now has growth,” said Yoichi Mine, a professor at Doshisha University in Tokyo and a contributor to the book. “The problem is the quality of the growth. It needs more equal development and it needs peace.”

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