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Protecting civilians in LRA-affected areas: Regional Civil Society Task Force

Jul 2014
People in East and Central Africa still live in fear of attack by the Lord's Resistance Army. There is an urgent need to tackle this. Religious, traditional leaders and civil society organisations from LRA affected areas have put together a series of recommendations for international actors, local governments and community groups on protecting civilians.

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.

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. 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.

Accord Insight II project and publication: Local civil society engagement of non-state armed groups

Jan 2014

There is continuing uncertainty at the policy level over how and when to engage non-state armed groups (NSAGs). There has also been little focus on how community-based actors reach out to and are reached by NSAGs. Understanding local interactions with NSAGs may provide better analysis of a group’s dynamics as well as provide entry points for dialogue when formal channels are blocked. However there are a number of challenges and risks, as well as opportunities, for those that reach out to NSAGs. 

Reflections: joint analysis workshop on engaging non-state armed groups

Nov 2013

Conciliation Resources held a one-day expert joint analysis workshop in London on 1 November 2013 to discuss civil society responses and community engagement with armed groups. The event brought together 30 international peacebuilding practitioners and academics to discuss their experiences of the topic. Here Ed Garcia, a participant of the workshop, presents his reflections of the workshop.

 

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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.

Briefing: Crisis in the Central African Republic – August 2013

Aug 2013
This briefing provides a situation overview of the Central African Republic up to August 2013, based on interviews and information gathered during two visits to CAR in May and August 2013 by Conciliation Resources staff and associated consultant, Guus Meijer.

Accord 25 Joint analysis workshop report: Legitimacy and peace processes

Aug 2013
Legitimacy in peace processes includes participation – so people have a voice; representation – so people's concerns are heard; and performance – so people see results. Legitimacy is vital to the support of a peace process, and can help make peace stick. To explore how legitimacy can help build sustainable peace, Conciliation Resources brought together 38 practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders from a diversity of backgrounds for a two-day reflection.

Innovation in mediation support: The International Contact Group in Mindanao

Jul 2013

This practice paper - the first in a series on different themes related to Conciliation Resources' peacebuilding insight – explores the role played by the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Mindanao peace process in achieving a framework peace agreement, and examines the contribution of hybrid mechanisms to the field of mediation and conflict transformation.

What’s in a label? EU listing of Hezbollah and challenges to Lebanon’s peace

Jun 2013
With the European Union reportedly meeting this week – June 2013 – to discuss whether to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organisations, Zahbia Yousuf and Sophie Haspeslagh highlight the limits of such a blunt tool.

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