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 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.
Lebanon is still not a post-conflict society. Power sharing and liberal economic growth have failed to deliver stability – more than two decades on, the fragile peace is punctuated by repeated outbreaks of political violence. Civil war sectarian animosities and power struggles have become entrenched. The international community has a role to play in transforming ‘negative stability’ in Lebanon into ‘positive peace’ and we've recently been in Brussels presenting our recommendations to EU policymakers.
We've been working with peacebuilding partner Saferworld on an 18-month project to bring the opinions of local people in conflict-affected communities to the attention of national and international policymakers. Now, together in Brussels, we're presenting the lessons learnt from all 18 national and regional conflict analyses. Find out more about the project and watch a short film that explains why the voices of people most affected by conflict must be heard when policy and programming decisions are being considered.
At the turn of 2011, Fiji's Prime Minister Bainimarama announced the imminent commencement of consultations for a new constitution. Elections are to follow in 2014. Our partner the Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF) urges that processes for formulating Fiji's next constitution must be led by the citizens of Fiji. Find out about the baseline survey that CCF has recently carried out to measure and understand change in community attitudes to human rights, good governance and citizenship.
The conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to cause destruction, displacement, death and distress for civilians and communities across four countries in central Africa. The policy brief resulting from the People’s Peacemaking Perspectives project research highlights an overwhelming desire among affected communities for a peacemaking solution based on civilian protection and engagement with the LRA.