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Listening to children in the midst of conflict

Julienne Mouala first learnt about child psychology when she started working as a young teacher at a school in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). Now she helps young people affected by the conflict.

5 steps towards gender-sensitive conflict analysis


Conflict analysis is all about deepening one’s understanding of a conflict and the broader context in which it is situated. Good conflict analysis is sensitive to relations of power – including gender.

Moving forward with peace: post-agreement mediation support

An upcoming meeting of the global Mediation Support Network will explore the roles mediation and mediation support can play, once a peace agreement has been signed. Felix Colchester outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for mediation in this phase of a peace agreement.

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.

El dilema del ELN en Colombia: ¿qué camino tomar?

La semana pasada, el gobierno colombiano anunció que suspendía las conversaciones de paz con el segundo grupo rebelde más importante del país, el Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN).¿Qué camino tomar?

Nowhere to turn for the ELN in Colombia?

Last week the Colombian government announced it is suspending peace talks with the country’s second largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN). Our Colombia Programme Director, Kristian Herbolzheimer shares his thoughts on the current situation for ELN and the government:

Addressing the challenges to NGOs working with non-state armed groups

Jan 2017
Armed group in CAR
This is a summary of a roundtable discussion organised by Conciliation Resources and the International Security Department at Chatham House. The meeting considered issues associated with peacebuilding engagement with non-state armed groups and UK legislation. It looked at ways to mitigate the negative impact of the legislation in order to maximise the effectiveness of peacebuilding work.

Film: Engaging armed groups in the pursuit of peace

This week Conciliation Resources jointly hosted a roundtable at Chatham House to examine the challenges around engaging with non-state armed groups in the pursuit of peace.

Infographic: Talking to armed groups

Talking to armed groups can be essential to ending violent conflict. Explore our infographic to find out why it is so important and how it can be done.

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:

Film - From Garissa to Liberia: lessons for peacebuilding

In September, ten peacebuilders travelled from Kenya to West Africa to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to help them build more peaceful and inclusive societies. In this film, they share what they learnt.

Bringing in the margins

Nov 2017
Bringing in the margins, Peacebuilding and transition in borderlands
This report summarises discussions from a workshop to explore sub-state political settlements in conflict-affected borderlands and the possibilities for more effective and inclusive peacebuilding interventions. It looks at four key themes: concepts of borderlands, inclusion and political settlement; the particular types of violence, (in)security, governance and authority that emerge in borderlands; the challenges of working in borderlands, and innovative methods and tools to better engage with their dynamics; and peacebuilding responses and practice in borderland spaces.