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This policy brief from Conciliation Resources draws on the findings from Accord 13 Owning the process: Public participation in peacemaking.

It describes how negotiations to end violence are an opportunity to create a more inclusive settlement, which has advantages such as producing a more legitimate peace agreement.

The brief discusses the characteristics of participatory

peace processes and outlines three basic structures for this: representation through political parties; consultations; and direct participation.

It also explores associated challenges and outlines some key considerations for external support to peace processes.