The Jammu & Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce was formed in 2008 and reconstituted in 2011. It includes ten major business and traders associations and seven Chambers and Federations of Industries from both sides of the LoC. The strengthening of trade between the two sides of the Line of Control is an important means of contributing to the unofficial peacebuilding process and to breaking down divisions between the two sides
In recent years the role of gender in armed conflict and peacebuilding has increasingly caught international attention. This position paper explores gender in relation to peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and the work that we do to make peace processes more inclusive.
This film, directed by two filmmakers from either side of the Line of Control in Kashmir, provides an emotive illustration of how conflict has prevented Kashmiris across different faiths from visiting their places of worship.
Vision 2020 seeks to reflect the socio-economic, educational and political vision of young people in Jammu and Kashmir across both sides of the Line of Control. It suggest ways in which young people can seek to address some of the problems of the region and engage in building and reshaping their communities.
Since July 2016 there has been an intense crisis in the Kashmir Valley in India-administered Kashmir, following the killing of militant Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen commander. A forum involving journalists from both sides of Kashmir is working to ensure that reporting from either side is not exacerbating the situation.
Cross-LoC trade has played a key role in maintaining space for collaboration and positive transformation between the two conflict-ridden parts of Jammu and Kashmir and between India and Pakistan.
However, due to the numerous challenges it faces today, the initial euphoria associated with the trade has declined to some extent and its economic viability - and subsequently its sustenance - has been called into question.
The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In South Asia, in the wake of a devastating earthquake which hit Kashmir in 2005 and floods which beset the region in 2014, the project activities supported a process of joint reflection and analysis of the ways that communities and governments can better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.