Colombia could soon be approaching the end of the protracted armed conflict with the FARC, but more involvement of civil society in the peace process is needed and lessons from other negotiation processes should be considered. Our Colombia Programme Director, Kristian Herbolzheimer, joins the conversation in London this March.
Moving on from years of instability and addressing the tensions that drive conflict is a significant governance challenge in the Mano River Union region. At a recent workshop, participants in District Platforms for Dialogue shared experiences from three countries on how they're working to affect positive change in their borderland communities.
Conciliation Resources, as part of the International Contact Group, has been providing first-hand advice and support to the Philippines peace process. Today, with the announcement of a Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, we commend the perseverance shown by the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Conciliation Resources has launched professionally translated websites in French, Russian and Spanish, in an effort to inform more people about conflicts affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals.
In what ways can national and regional governments have a positive impact on the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict? At a recent two-day workshop in Bangui, the Regional Civil Society Task Force discussed what is effective, before sharing their recommendations at meetings with the Prime Minister of CAR and international diplomats.
A series of important dialogue events are now in progress that will help shape Fiji's governance, and restore democracy for the first time since the 2006 coup. Every Fijian has the opportunity to make their voice heard on these vital issues – the Constitution Commission, including chairman Yash Ghai, is gathering opinions from all sections of society.
Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised, but it has failed to deliver for most people. More than 20 years on from the Taif agreement that ended the civil war, Lebanon is not a post-conflict society. Our new Accord analysis – which comes as insecurity in Syria poses a renewed threat to Lebanon’s precarious stability – examines options for developing a more positive peace. An accompanying policy brief sets out priorities for change.
Over recent months there have been a number of positive developments in negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Maintaining lines of communication is important in any peace process. On June 8 the NGO members of the International Contact Group for the Mindanao peace process traveled to Camp Darapanan, the headquarters of the MILF. While there, they exchanged views on the current status of these negotiations.
In March staff from our Accord programme travelled to Beirut to meet with partners, project advisers and authors as momentum builds towards our upcoming edition on Lebanon. Provisionally titled 'Positive peace? Reconciliation, reform and national self-determination in Lebanon', this publication will review peacebuilding in the country to examine its effectiveness, as well as opportunities and priorities for progress. Find out more about the project so far and the final stages towards publication.
Policymakers, donors and civil society representatives met in Busan, Korea in November with the aim of reviewing global progress on development aid. Sophie Haspelagh, our Policy Analyst, added Conciliation Resources’ expertise to discussions on aid effectiveness in conflict affected and fragile states.