The study was conducted in northern Afar pastoral groups with the purpose of identifying and popularizing patterns of pastoral natural resources and indigenous conflict management.
The paper concludes that the indigenous system is an efficient means of dealing with intra and inter-community conflicts in the study area. However, it should also be noted that such institutions work within a set of limitations. It is against this background that the paper recommends a merger and further integration of the two systems for better outcomes. NGOs and development agents can also play a pivotal role by creating a conducive environment for inter-community socio-economic integration through community based development interventions.