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Partnerships in peacebuilding

May 2018
This report offers insights and lessons from Conciliation Resources' own practice and approach to partnering. It is part of a study into how partnerships between international non-governmental organisations and civil society organisation and networks in conflict-affected contexts can support inclusive and transformative peacebuilding. Our research explored the rationale and assumptions behind Conciliation Resources’ partnering approach and looked at how these play out in practice.

6 ways to support gender inclusion in peace transitions

Participation of women and other excluded groups in peace talks and political bargaining is important for sustainable peace. Clear opportunities to support gender inclusion exist in all phases of a peace process – before, during and after a peace agreement.

Balancing stability and inclusion in peace transitions: a way forward

Inclusive societies are more resilient and less prone to violent conflict, and achieving greater inclusion is a widely accepted peacebuilding goal. What’s less obvious however, is the journey people in less equal and inclusive societies need to take to get there.
 
There’s no tried and trusted formula for this.

Navigating inclusion in peace transitions

May 2018
Based on analysis of four contexts (Nepal, Nigeria, the Somali Region of Ethiopia (Ogaden) and Colombia) this report explores how inclusion is negotiated in peace processes and associated avenues for resolving conflict and effecting political change. While analysis of peacebuilding and peace processes often focuses on elite-led negotiations, this research examines how change is perceived by those living in conflict-affected contexts, and strategies used by different groups to influence political change.

Gendered political settlements

May 2018
Based on analysis of three contexts (Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Colombia) this report explores how gender inclusion – meaningful participation at all levels of decision making, regardless of a person’s gender identity – is negotiated in elite-led peace processes and political settlements in conflict-affected contexts, and how international and national actors can support it effectively.

Through our eyes

May 2018
It is nearly ten years since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Throughout the insurgency, the perspectives of local populations have all too-often been overlooked and excluded. Existing ‘community engagement’ has often been limited to consultation with community elders and traditional leaders on the assumption that they represent the voice of their constituents. This research, conducted in partnership between Conciliation Resources and the Kukah Centre, seeks to capture the local population’s perspectives on existing responses to the violence and their vision for long-term solutions.

Film: people's perspectives on building peace in northeast Nigeria

It is nearly ten years since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Conciliation Resources and The Kukah Centre interviewed over 1,000 people living in the region to ask about their views on the current response and what they thought was needed for peace.

“I just want to live like a normal man”: What’s stopping CAR disarming?

The ongoing instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) is not a religious conflict. There are undoubtedly some religious elements to it, but the popular story that it is an intractable war of Muslims versus Christians – of former Séléka rebels versus anti-Balaka vigilantes – is far too simplistic.

Youth perspectives on peace and security: the Georgian-Abkhaz context

Apr 2018
In June and July 2017 Conciliation Resources’ local partners carried out two sets of surveys to capture the voices of youth in the context of unresolved conflict in the Georgian-Abkhaz context. Young people, reflecting some of the diversity of Georgian and Abkhaz societies, took part in focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews. Participants discussed challenges to their peace and security, including but far from limited to the enduring impact of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict on their lives. They also discussed the barriers to engagement in peacebuilding and dialogue that they face and their ideas for overcoming these barriers.

South Sudan: youth perspectives on peace and security

Apr 2018
In South Sudan, many young people understand the need for them to participate in peacebuilding, but often lack the capacity and resources to take action. Conciliation Resources carried out a study to capture the voices of over 100 young people in the context of on-going civil war in the country. This report documents their thoughts on what needs to change to enable them to meaningfully participate in peacebuilding.

Afghanistan: youth perspectives on peace and security

Apr 2018
Afghanistan Youth Perspectives on Peace and Security
While Afghanistan’s deeply patriarchal society makes it difficult for young Afghans to participate in a significant way in politics, there is a history of youth political movements in the country. To get a better understanding of the future of youth and peace in Afghanistan, Conciliation Resources carried out a series of focus group discussions with young people in Kabul, Nangarhar and Kandahar. This report brings together some of the key findings from these discussions.

Roundtable: Is Colombia’s new found peace under threat?

After more than 50 years of war, Colombia is now 16 months in to the implementation of an historic peace agreement.

Moving forward with peace: post-agreement mediation support

This month, a meeting of the global Mediation Support Network explored 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.

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.