Resources

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (Accord 25)

Apr 2014
Legitimacy matters for peace. It is the basis of the social and political deals between states and citizens, and local leaders and their communities. Legitimacy transforms coercive power into political authority and is the bedrock of peaceful societies. Looking at 15 country case studies at various stages of conflict, this edition in our Accord series focuses on legitimacy and the practical ways that it can contribute to building more sustainable peace.

Policy brief - Legitimacy and peace process: from coercion to consent

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Fiji - The constitutional process: a view from the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Virisila Buadromo describes the constitutional process in Fiji in 2012, and in particular the experiences of the women’s movement and civil society in engaging with it. The women’s movement had initially feared that involvement in a weak constitutional process risked legitimising a flawed outcome.

Constitutional review in peace processes: securing local ownership

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Cheryl Saunders explains how a constitution can help safeguard foundations for peace by developing a new or revised framework for state-society relations. The “performance legitimacy” of a new constitution (how it works in practice) is a major test, assessed over time through the effectiveness of the state and its level of popular approval.

Sharing responsibility: governance in the midst of conflict

Nov 2013
Governance that fails to respond to people’s needs or is detrimental to social cohesion can be both a root cause and a consequence of conflict. This report shares lessons learned from a five-year project increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking, which took place in four conflict areas where governance issues are key factors in the persistence of instability and conflict.

An Analysis: 2013 Fiji Government Constitution

Sep 2013

This document – produced by our partners the Citizens' Constitutional Forum – aims to provide an objective analysis of the Fiji Government Constitution that was presented on 22 August 2013 and assented on the 6 September 2013 (with amendments and revisions).

Tutaka: CCF Fiji newsletter

Jul 2013

The quarterly newsletter of the Citizens' Constitutional Forum, Fiji

Volume 7, Issue 2: June 2013 - download full PDF via link above

Governance and Transparency Fund: Annual Report 5

Jun 2013

This is Conciliation Resources' fifth and final annual report for the Department for International Development's Global and Transparency Fund. The report covers the period 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013 and relates to Conciliation Resources' work to increase government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking. The regions the project focuses on are West Africa, Uganda/South Sudan, the Georgian–Abkhaz conflict region, and Fiji.

Event: Fiji’s constitutional stand-off – consequences for inter-ethnic relations

Apr 2013

This seminar in London on Wednesday 24 April 2013 will bring together policymakers, academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations with a special interest in Fiji.

The findings of CCF and MRG's new report Fiji: the Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity – based on field research into ethnic relations and anti-discrimination measures in Fiji – will be presented at the event.

Fiji Government Draft Constitution: What you need to know

Apr 2013

This booklet contains a comparative analysis of the Fiji Government Draft Constitution (GDC) 2013, with the 2012 Draft Constitution by the Yash Ghai Commission and the 1997 Constitution of Fiji.

The information is intended to provide readers with an informative review of the 2013 GDC, and assist readers with preparation to respond to the Fiji Government public consultations on the GDC.

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