Talking Peace in the Ogaden

Jun 2014
Talking Peace in the Ogaden
This report outlines the modern history of ethnic Somalis in Ethiopia, from the late 19th century to the present day. As peace talks continue, it assesses prospects for a peaceful settlement between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front rebel movement.

Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Truthloader extended interview: "The press 'is confused' on the Central African Republic"

Caesar Poblicks, East and Central Africa Projects Manager, talks to ITN's Truthloader about the oversimplification of media coverage of the Central African Republic crisis.

Al-Jazeera English interview: Catherine Samba-Panza sworn in as CAR Interim President

Caesar Poblicks, East and Central Africa Programme Projects Manager, talks to Al-Jazeera English about the nature of the crisis in Central African Republic and the need to support community-based reconciliation and dialogue, as Catherine Samba-Panza is sworn in as interim president.

“We are one people” – Muslims and Christians in Bangui at peace amidst war

A grassroots community initiative in the Central African Republic is rejecting violence and bringing Christians and Muslims together in favour of peace. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks, recently returned from the capital Bangui, explains more.

Can the London conference on Somalia get it right?

Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.

Supporting young people to prevent conflict in the DRC

Conciliation Resources has embarked on a new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which aims to strengthen young people’s involvement in conflict prevention in areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Voice of the voiceless: women building peace in LRA-affected communities

Once infamous for their widespread atrocities in Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is now scattered among the border regions of South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Largely unreached by government and security forces, the remote regions provide the perfect terrain for the group’s survival.

I am safe if I stay: voices of armed groups in the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has had a long and turbulent history of violent conflict and political instability. Since the most recent crisis erupted in 2013 huge efforts have been made to pull the country back from the brink of armed conflict.

Perspectives of non-state armed groups in the Central African Republic

Jan 2017
Members of armed groups in northern CAR
For a number of years Conciliation Resources has been a proponent of engagement with armed groups to further a peace process. In the Central African Republic, insights into the factors that influence individuals to join and stay with armed groups, as well as the factors which prevent them from leaving, are valuable in understanding ways to approach and design peacebuilding initiatives.