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Gender in political transition: Bougainville's peace process

Feb 2018
Gender in political transition, Bougainville's peace process
Women’s civil society activism in Bougainville has not always been well reflected in decision-making processes; however the political transition following the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001 has provided opportunities for greater inclusion. This report explores how gender dynamics shape decision-making, power and influence in Bougainville, in particular how formal and customary structures impact inclusion. It also looks at the approaches and strategies Bougainvillean women have used to increase their agency and influence within formal, faith and customary institutions.

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:

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.

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.