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8 lessons for improving effectiveness of community platforms

For decades the border regions of the Mano River region countries have been prone to instability and insecurity. Conciliation Resources and our national NGO partners have been working for the past eight years to help alleviate these tensions at a local level.

Dialogue for Peace

Nov 2016
Dialogue for peace
Since 2010, Conciliation Resources has worked in partnership with national NGOs to establish and empower a network of 18 locally owned peacebuilding structures, called District Platforms for Dialogue (DPDs), in the border regions of Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The network of DPDs has steadily grown through a series of projects. Conciliation Resources has constantly looked to use the lessons from each project to adapt and improve the effectiveness of the DPDs and the support they are offered.

Beyond reintegration towards reconciliation in the post-Ebola context

Aug 2016
Cover of Beyond Reintegration Policy Brief

Since March 2015, Conciliation Resources and national civil society partners have been implementing a two year project aimed at understanding, mitigating and resolving tensions arising from, or exacerbated by, the Ebola crisis.

The project focuses on 18 remote border districts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire where community-based initiatives, called District Platforms for Dialogue (DPDs), are facilitating and mediating dialogue in their respective communities.

Ebola: beyond the health crisis

Ebola was not just a health crisis. In the already tense border regions of West Africa the epidemic, and attempts to control it, sparked fresh waves of violence. Conciliation Resources has been supporting local peacebuilders to reunite and reconcile communities, survivors and local authorities.

Capacities for peace: Lebanon

Mar 2016

The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In Lebanon, activities focused on the lessons from local efforts to alleviate tensions between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. Through shared learning, the project sought to enhance practice and increase trust and cooperation between various groups.

Capacities for peace: The Philippines

Mar 2016

The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In the Philippines, Conciliation Resources worked with partners to revive and influence the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP).

Capacities for peace: East and Central Africa

Mar 2016

The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In East and Central Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan), Conciliation Resources used the Capacities for Peace project to support communities’ local protection mechanisms and early warning processes in the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

Building bridges through filmmaking

In these short films, you can see the work of a group of young aspiring Armenian and Azerbaijani video journalists that came together to complete a one-year film-production study programme at the 'Dialogue Through Film Academy'.

Syria - Civilian interaction with armed groups in the Syrian conflict

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

A case study examining the effectiveness of community-based initiatives to engage in dialogue with armed groups in rebel-controlled Syria, a fluid environment with high levels of insecurity and violence. Wisam Elhamoui and Sinan al‑Hawat describe how a number of communities living in these areas have organised informally to facilitate relief operations and broader social welfare.

Northern Ireland - From punishment to restorative justice in Northern Ireland

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Brian Gormally reflects on efforts of civil society activists in Northern Ireland to promote alternative approaches to punishment violence within the IRA.

Colombia - De‑mining in Micoahumado: from civil resistance to local negotiation with the ELN

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Mauricio García-Durán and Fernando Sarmiento Santander explore an initiative by the population of Micoahumado in southern Bolivar, one of the most disputed zones in the Colombian conflict. The article identifies how the community was able to convince the ELN to unilaterally de-mine the main arteries connecting the village of Micoahumado in a territory under de facto ELN control.

Box 2 - Conversation with former LRA Commander Captain Ray Apire

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

In this interview, Captain Apire reflects on how the Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (ARLPI) was perceived by the LRA. The interview was conducted by James Latigo in Acholi and translated into English.

Northern Uganda - The Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative: local mediation with the Lord’s Resistance Army

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Rt. Bishop Macleod Baker Ochola and James O. Latigo review the efforts of the ARLPI to reach out to the LRA. These led to mediated dialogue between the LRA and the Ugandan government.