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.

What is legitimacy and why does it matter for peace?

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Kevin Clements opens the publication by exploring why legitimacy matters for peace, reviewing the rich and long intellectual tradition of political legitimacy.

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.

Event - Gender and peace in the post-2015 development agenda

Mar 2014
Conciliation Resources and Saferworld are hosting an event to discuss the linkages between gender equality and peace in the post-2015 development framework on Friday 14th March at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Gender, violence and peace: a post-2015 development agenda

Feb 2014
In this paper, Conciliation Resources and Saferworld set out a vision for including gender, violence and peace in the post-2015 framework. A gender, violence and peace approach to post-2015 includes but also goes beyond a focus on women’s empowerment. Inter alia, it means paying attention to the links between gender and violence and prioritising inclusive decision-making. Building on our previous recommendations for including peacebuilding commitments in the post-2015 development agenda, we suggest targets and indicators that illustrate how gender, violence and peace issues can best be integrated into the framework.

Report - Gender, Peace and Security: Taking UNSCR 1325 to the next level

Jan 2014
Women Peacemakers Program (WPP), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and Conciliation Resources, organised a public event on 30 October 2013 in New York on gender, peace and security to provide insights and new opportunities for the advancement of UNSCR 1325. This report outlines important recommendations and an overview of key discussions from the event for taking UNSCR 1325 to the next level.

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. 

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.

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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