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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.

Peacebuilding: a view from the margins

Statebuilding and peacebuilding discussions increasingly emphasise inclusion as a key ingredient for peaceful states and societies, and marginalisation as a key cause of conflict. However, the persistence of conflict and violence in many borderland regions can defy and challenge these peacebuilding blueprints.

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.

Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian Women in the Diaspora

Oct 2017
As Colombia faces the task of rebuilding its historic memory in order to overcome a violent past and build a peaceful future, Colombians abroad – the country’s diaspora – sense an opportunity to be part of this collective responsibility. After three years of work, the Truth Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in diaspora present the achievements of their efforts, and recommendations to Colombian and international policy-makers.

Gender and Nepal’s transition from war

Ten years on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nepal that ended a decade-long civil war, Conciliation Resources’ latest Accord spotlight publication explores gender relations and equality in the country’s transition from war. 
 
The new report reflects discussions from a gender workshop convened by Conciliation Resources and the Social Science Baha in Nepal in 2016.

Gender and Nepal's transition from war

Sep 2017
Gender and Nepal's transition from war
This report reflects discussions from a gender workshop held in Nepal, which explored gender relations, equality and Nepal’s transition from war. Focus areas include: affirmative gender action in the transition, gender perspectives on security sector reform, access to justice and political participation; gendered perspectives of marginalised groups, and how different identities intersect. A short case study of the period of intense political change that followed the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal provides an illustrative, contemporary example of opportunities and challenges.

Infographic: Public views on peacebuilding

Conciliation Resources and the Alliance for Peacebuilding have conducted the first ever national surveys of public attitudes in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany towards peacebuilding, and dialogue with armed groups.

Bridging divides through film: Mohammed Arif Urfi

Mohammed Arif Urfi is a journalist and filmmaker based in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani-administered side of Jammu and Kashmir. Along with three other filmmakers, from either side of the divided region, he has made a series of films highlighting the need for collaboration across the Line of Control (LoC).

Public support for peacebuilding

Sep 2017
Public Support for Peacebuilding Report
In June and July 2017, Conciliation Resources and the Alliance for Peacebuilding conducted the first ever national surveys of public attitudes in the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US) and Germany towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups. The survey offered the opportunity to compare and contrast public views at a time of shifting geopolitics and multiple security challenges. The results show a striking level of consensus, with widespread understanding of and support for peacebuilding in each country, and strong support for dialogue with groups who use armed violence, in order to further peace.

People Building Peace

This year, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, we’re sharing the inspiring thoughts, ideas and stories of people who are working for peace across the globe.

"Whatever happened in the past, let us be hopeful for peace": Darwisa Jamilon

Darwisa Jamilon, is a Tausug* from the island of Mindanao in The Philippines. She is a community organiser at the Bangsamoro Development Authority (BDA), which leads relief, rehabilitation and development projects in areas affected by the conflict between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government of the Philippines.

Talking to armed groups: Ibrahim Abraham

Over the last year, the Central African Republic has seen a dramatic increase in levels of violence.  An estimated two thirds of the country is controlled by armed groups and the province of Hotte Kotto is one of the worst affected.

Resolving resource-based conflict: Hassan Osman Shuri

Hassan Osman Shuri lives in Garissa, northern Kenya and is the secretary of the Garissa Township Peace Committee.

Helping young people find paths away from violence: Albert Atama

Albert Atama lives in Aru, a territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Uganda and South Sudan. The region has long been affected by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), which moves between the porous borders of the three countries.

A voice in peace for indigenous women: Helen Padua

Helen Padua is a volunteer at the Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organisation (TLWOI), a federation of 35 community-based women’s organisations of indigenous peoples in the province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. The organisation aims to support the inclusion of indigenous women in decision-making processes, community development projects, and justice and peace.