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.

Coming home: supporting LRA returnees in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the last ten years, around 7,600 people have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army. Our partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are helping those returning from captivity to reconnect with their communities and lead local peacebuilding initiatives.

Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals. 
However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it.

Talking forgiveness in the Central African Republic

Pastor Marcelin Ndebalet Mesmin has more reason than most to want revenge. In 2002 his father was killed by rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) - 11 years later his 16 year-old-daughter was also killed: