Afghanistan - Local governance, national reconciliation and community reintegration

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Karim Merchant and Ghulam Rasoul Rasouli analyse attempts in Afghanistan to use Community Development Councils (CDCs) to roll out a national reintegration programme for ex-combatants at the local level. The CDCs’ main function is to implement the National Solidarity Program (NSP), established in 2003 as “the largest people’s project in the history of Afghanistan”.

Déclaration conjointe sur la crise persistante dans les zones affectées par la LRA

Oct 2013

En Septembre 2013 un groupe d’experts de notre programme d’Afrique de l’Est et Centrale s’est réuni à Bruxelles avec des organisations de la société civile de la région ainsi que des collègues de plusieurs ONG internationales. 

Des discussions à propos des développements récentes du conflit avec l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur, et le progrès à l’égard de la surveillance des interventions a entrainer une déclaration conjointe qui souligne les priorités les plus urgentes en abordant la crise persistante dans les zones touchés par la LRA.

Israel and peace in Lebanon

Positive peace for Lebanon: reconciliation, reform and resilience
Jul 2012
Ghassan El-Ezzi examines Lebanese-Israeli relations from a Lebanese perspective. He details barriers to achieving peace – or even to opening talks – between Lebanon and Israel, looking at internal divisions and Syrian influence in Lebanon, as well as prevailing Lebanese opinion of Israel as a military power with designs on key Lebanese resources. El-Ezzi further explores relations between Lebanon’s national security and Hezbollah’s ‘resistance’ role.

Response to the AU-UN draft regional strategy to address the threat posed by the activities of the LRA

Apr 2012

Conciliation Resources and the Regional Civil Society Task Force, composed of civil society organisations, religious and traditional leaders from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), welcome the development of a regional strategy to address the threat posed by the LRA. We urge that it must involve more than just a military approach.


Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Mar 2012
Said Djinnit welcomes the publication of Accord 23 on Liberia and Sierra and stresses that, whilst gains have been made in both countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone still lack capability to respond to the many challenges they face.

Introduction: peacebuilding in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Mar 2012
Elizabeth Drew and Alexander Ramsbotham introduce the publication and outline some of the challenges facing present day Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Liberia's transition

Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Mar 2012
In an interview with Accord, Ambassador Prince Zeid of Jordan, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) highlights UN priorities for Liberia: security sector reform, rule of law and national reconciliation.

Human security in Liberia: Local perspectives on formal and informal security sectors

Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Mar 2012
Richard Reeve and Jackson Speare draw on local people's perspectives to review the current state of Liberia's security sector. Despite formal efforts, rural areas are still poorly policed, women are wary of security structures, and tensions remain between formal efforts and customary security arrangements.

Conclusion: consolidating peace

Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Mar 2012
This conclusion to Accord 23 makes suggestions for peacebuilding policy and practice. It argues that peacebuilding policy needs to concentrate more on people, and building relationships between communities, and between communities and the state.

Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone

Mar 2012

Almost ten years on from the official end of wars in Sierra Leone (2002) and Liberia (2003), attention is shifting from post-war peacebuilding to longer-term development. What headway has been made? What challenges lie ahead? And what lessons that can be learnt?


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