In the Myanmar peace process, I wear various hats: technical adviser for the ethnic armed groups or organisations (referred to as EAOs); co-facilitator of the main committee of the formal political dialogue between these EAOs, the government and the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar army); leader of a peacebuilding NGO; and member of an ethnic minority group with a stake in a more inclusive country.
In 2019, Conciliation Resources began a new strategic relationship with Brussels-based mediation organisation mediatEUr, combining expertise in the crucial area of mediation support. mediatEUr brings together and supports conflict resolution professionals, to help advance the professional practice of international peace mediation and dialogue. They work on assignments and projects around the world, and have built up a solid network of professionals that act as a genuine resource in this field.
mediatEUr also contributes to the development of policy on mediation and conflict prevention for the European Union and in support of national governments.
We are working alongside local peacebuilding organisations to develop the skills of women across the Commonwealth, recognise and support their existing work in mediation. This work is part of our Women Mediators across the Commonwealth project and aims to allow women to have greater influence in formal and informal peace processes.
Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) is a network which connects women with a broad range of mediation knowledge and experience. The network advocates for the increased recognition of women mediators, and their participation in peace processes regionally and internationally. It also provides opportunities for the members to learn from and support each other.
For more than two decades, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has been fighting for self-determination for Somalis in the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia (also known as the Ogaden region.) In 2018, with support from Conciliation Resources, the ONLF signed a peace deal with the Government of Ethiopia.
This month, a meeting of the global Mediation Support Network explored the roles mediation and mediation support can play, once a peace agreement has been signed. Felix Colchester outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for mediation in this phase of a peace agreement.
Mediation is vital in ensuring different sides of a conflict arrive at an agreement. We improve mediation processes by providing support and advice to mediators and peace negotiations.
The government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have conducted on-off peace negotiations since 1997. Conciliation Resources is part of the International Contact Group which provides support to the peace talks, the first of its kind where diplomats and NGOs work together.