These attributes and skills will help you become a better mediator

Just as it is with most professions, the practise of mediation requires some personal attributes and skills if one would truly excel at it. While prior specialised training in related fields may offer an advantage in acquainting practitioners with the formalities of the mediation process, anyone who is committed to learning and improving over time can become a good mediator. […]

5 ways to improve personal relationships with negotiation

When most people think about negotiation the first picture that comes to mind is that of two people pushing their respective agenda in a business or professional context, with each one attempting to win the other over. However negotiation is not limited to the business or professional environment. It is a fact of everyday life. Whenever two or more people […]

How Caucusing can Facilitate ADR

Meeting separately with the various parties to a dispute can be a useful strategy for a mediator to adopt. This can be done by conducting separate sessions and this is what is called caucus meetings. Why meet separately? Frequently, parties could find themselves in a position in which they need to provide the mediator with pertinent information that they do […]

Resolving Interpersonal Disputes through Mediation

Mediation is the handmaiden of conflict, it doubtlessly emerged whenever some bystander was prevailed upon to persuade contending stone-age parties to compose their disruptive differences. Thus, mediation has been around about as long as human beings, although its use and acceptability has varied widely among different cultures and at different times. In Africa, it was the cardinal means of resolving […]

Who is an Effective Mediator?

A mediator is an impartial party who assists disputing parties to identify the issues in dispute between them and explore possible solutions that will be acceptable to both parties. The mediator is not a passive listener who nods his head in compassionate understanding as the parties describe their woes. On the contrary the mediator is an active listener and quite […]

Development of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Whilst arbitration developed as result of the inability of the courts to satisfy some of the expectation of people in resolution of disputes. Alternative dispute resolution arose largely because the arbitral process was becoming unduly expensive and long because of the gradual creeping in of judicial technicalities of dispute resolution. Thus there began a gradual shift of emphasis from the […]