Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon (Accord 24) - English version

Jul 2012
Cover of Accord issue 24
Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised. But it has failed to deliver for most Lebanese. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Agreement, and today fear of spillover from insecurity in Syria, show that a fundamentally different approach is needed to transform negative and precarious stability in Lebanon into positive and resilient peace.

Escaping back home: Badawiya's story

Badawiya lives in Yobe State northeast Nigeria. Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has ravaged this region, leading to what the UN has called ‘the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent.’

Coming home: life after the LRA

In 2016, Dieudonné was kidnapped by a group of armed men as he returned home from working the fields with his family. Along with twenty five other young people from his village, he was forced to march to the training camp of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Creating safe spaces for youth to build peace

This year, the UN’s International Youth Day is championing safe spaces for youth - places where young people can come together, express themselves, and participate in decision making. In peacebuilding, creating these safe spaces is a vital first step in allowing young people to share their experiences of conflict, and work towards achieving a more peaceful future.

Youth perspectives on peace and security: the Georgian-Abkhaz context

Apr 2018
In June and July 2017 Conciliation Resources’ local partners carried out two sets of surveys to capture the voices of youth in the context of unresolved conflict in the Georgian-Abkhaz context. Young people, reflecting some of the diversity of Georgian and Abkhaz societies, took part in focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews. Participants discussed challenges to their peace and security, including but far from limited to the enduring impact of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict on their lives. They also discussed the barriers to engagement in peacebuilding and dialogue that they face and their ideas for overcoming these barriers.

South Sudan: youth perspectives on peace and security

Apr 2018
In South Sudan, many young people understand the need for them to participate in peacebuilding, but often lack the capacity and resources to take action. Conciliation Resources carried out a study to capture the voices of over 100 young people in the context of on-going civil war in the country. This report documents their thoughts on what needs to change to enable them to meaningfully participate in peacebuilding.