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.

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.

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.

Governance and Transparency Fund: Annual report 4

Sep 2012
This is Conciliation Resources' fourth annual report for the Department for International Development's Governance and Transparency Fund. The report covers the period 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 and relates to our work to increase government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking. The regions of focus are West Africa, Uganda/Southern Sudan, the Georgian/Abkhaz conflict region and Fiji.

What will it take to end the LRA conflict?

Mar 2012

In this opinion piece Kennedy Tumutegyereize sets out the background to the LRA conflict and how regional and international action (and inaction) plays a part in perpetuating the conflict.

Ending the violence and insecurity caused by the Lord's Resistance Army conflict is more about empowering civil society and seeking and supporting local solutions across many countries than about keeping US military advisers in the region.

Can the London conference on Somalia get it right this time?

Feb 2012

Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.

Policy brief: The Lord's Resistance Army

Oct 2011
The voices of people most affected by the Lord's Resistance Army conflict are not always the loudest and their opinions on the conflict can go unheeded. Conciliation Resources's policy brief for the European Union – part of the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project with Saferworld – addresses this issue.

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