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.
Perspectives of non-state armed groups in the Central African Republic
In 2016, Conciliation Resources worked with a research team, including members of Local Peace Cells (LPCs) to gather the perspectives of 70 commanders and rank and file representatives of ex-Séléka, Anti-balaka and self-defence groups in eight localities across the country.
This report provides an insight into the factors that currently motivate individuals to remain in an armed group or prevent them from leaving. The exercise was designed to help further immediate local and informal peace, mediation efforts, as well as offer insights to national reconciliation efforts.