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.

Recommendations: Protecting civilians from LRA abductions

Apr 2014
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over 3,400 Congolese civilians since 2008. In February 2014 alone the LRA abducted 35 people in Haut Uele district of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Orientale Province. In response to this enduring violence, Conciliation Resources and 58 other civil society groups have sent a joint letter to the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). The letter provides concrete recommendations on how peacekeepers deployed in LRA-affected zones can better protect civilians.

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.

The Voice of Peace: Grassroots news and opinions on the LRA conflict – January 2014

Jan 2014

News and views from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Uganda.

Find out about our partners in the Regional Civil Society Network who produce this quarterly newsletter to share with their communities.

La Voix de la Paix : nouvelles et avis de base au sujet du conflit avec la LRA (2013/14)

Jan 2014
Des nouvelles et des perspectifs venant des régions de la République centrafricaine, la République démocratique du Congo, le Sud Soudan et l’Ouganda touchées par l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA).

Briefing: Central African Republic: Inter-communal dialogue key to long-term stability

Dec 2013
Since the March 2013 coup by the Seleka coalition, deadly clashes have been taking place across the Central African Republic. The internal situation is quickly escalating, and a robust and committed response is now needed from the international community. This briefing paper outlines obstacles and requirements for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Central African Republic.

Note d'information : République centrafricaine : Le dialogue intercommunautaire, clé d’une stabilité durable

Dec 2013
Depuis le coup d'État en mars 2013 par la coalition de Séléka, la situation en République centrafricaine (RCA) s’est empirée, avec l’effondrement complet de l’ordre public et des institutions. Cette note d'information donne un aperçu des tensions actuelles qui frappent la République centrafricaine, et les conditions nécessaires pour la résolution du conflit.

Joint statement on the continuing crisis in LRA-affected areas

Oct 2013

In September 2013 experts from our East and Central Africa team joined together in Brussels with peacebuilders from the region as well as counterparts from international NGOs.

Discussions on recent developments in the Lord's Resistance Army conflict and progress monitoring of interventions led to a joint statement that highlights the most pressing priorities in addressing the continuing crisis in LRA-affected areas.

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.

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