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Archiving Challenges in Africa: The Case of Post-Conflict Liberia
Nordic Africa Institute.
2009 (English)In: IASA Journal, ISSN 1021-562X, no 32, 38-55 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the challenges of archiving in Africa, drawing on a case study of Liberia, a country that has just emerged from a decade-long civil war. It examines the challenges of archiving/documenting of human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war by the recently established Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) but will also draw on experiences from the Sierra Leonean TRC. Archiving in Africa is beset with numberous problems and they include the lack of functioning national archives, adequate personnel, finacial resources, lack of Internet diffusion, low literacy levels and capacities and the political will to make information available to the public. Yet, archiving is key to the promotion of transparency, accountability and democratic development and therefore of importance in socieites where people have been repressed and where endemic corruption and resource distribution have led to civil wars. The Liberian TRC is likely to generate compound documents, which will include audiovisual files. While the developed world is grapppling with the electronic preservation of information, the developing countries in Africa and elsewhere need to address the challenge of the management and establishment of information systems that will promote the freedom of information. This paper intends to come up with recommendaitons that will be useful for the planning of proper information systems for future TRC missions on the continent.

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2009. no 32, 38-55 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26626OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26626DiVA: diva2:796354
Available from: 2009-10-25 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2015-03-18Bibliographically approved

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