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.

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: Constitution Commission on civic education

Aug 2012

This civic education leaflet from the Constitution Commission explains that their role is to ensure that the people of Fiji are able to participate in the process without any distinction based on race, gender, religion, age, occupation, status, residence, learning or disability.

It sets out the purpose of the constitution process, its principles and values, and includes how, where and when to lodge a submission.

Momentum: Dialogue Fiji

Jul 2012
Dialogue Fiji is a movement of NGOs, and individuals committed to peacebuilding. This regular newsletter provides an overview of their activities in working towards a sustainable democracy in Fiji.

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