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“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.

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.

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.

Unable to stay in place

Nov 2017
Unable to stay in place
Following the withdrawal of African Union forces from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), armed group activities have intensified in the area. Rising insecurity has complicated freedom of movement and agricultural practices. This has constrained land access and ownership which uniquely impacts women and other socially excluded groups. This policy brief provides a set of recommendations to increase security and land access and ownership among women and marginalised groups.

Underlying tensions

Nov 2017
In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.

Annual Report 2016

Jun 2017
Annual Report 2016 cover
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.

If I stay I am safe: voices of armed groups in the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has had a long and turbulent history of violent conflict and political instability. Since the most recent crisis erupted in 2013 huge efforts have been made to pull the country back from the brink of armed conflict.

Perspectives of non-state armed groups in the Central African Republic

Dec 2016
Members of armed groups in northern CAR
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.

Disarmament of the heart

Dec 2016
Reconciliation in the Central African Republic
This policy brief addresses the aftermath of the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and outlines a forward-looking political solution that, through national and local reconciliation processes, can help create new relationships of trust between citizens and the state.

Central African Republic Policy Brief

Nov 2015

As the people of the Central African Republic prepare to elect a new government efforts to build peace in the country are hampered by a lack of trust between citizens and the state and peace initiatives that focus on the immediate symptoms of the conflict.

This policy brief provides a set of recommendations for peacebuilders to move beyond this stalemate.

A Multifaceted Business: Diamonds in the Central African Republic

Lying at the centre of a tumultuous region, the Central African Republic and its turbulent history is often overlooked. The book ‘Making sense of the Central African Republic' collects the views of experts and provide in-depth analysis of the country’s instability, history of rebellion and international and regional intervention.

Voice of Peace: Grassroots news and opinions on the LRA conflict - Jan - Apr 2015

May 2015
This past quarter has seen northern Uganda’s traditional leaders try to reconcile former LRA abductees and combatants with their communities with a powerfully symbolic ceremony. But we are reminded that winning back the trust of family and neighbours takes a long time and hard work on both sides.

Q&A Ongwen on trial: Will justice be served for LRA victims?

Ongwen is the first member of the LRA to appear before the International Criminal Court. Conciliation Resources' partners from areas affected by the LRA across East and Central Africa give their verdict on whether they think justice will be served.