After seven years on the Board of Conciliation Resources, Diana Good is stepping down as Chair this month. We caught up with the former aid watchdog commissioner to find out what she’s learned about peacebuilding, and what she thinks the future holds for the sector.
In November, Conciliation Resources and Inter Mediate joined a diverse range of civil society organisations, politicians and policy makers for this year’s Paris Peace Forum to discuss climate change, peacebuilding and our Joint Environmental Venture for South Asia.
In September 2023, Conciliation Resources brought together women working to influence peace processes for a comparative learning event in Nairobi to share experiences and best practices in highlighting the unique role of women in building peace.
In December 2022, as part of their partnership on ‘Mediating Self-determination Conflicts’, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Conciliation Resources ran a joint analysis workshop with international and local mediators, people associated with conflict parties, civil society, and experts and practitioners working on self-determination, human rights and peacebuilding.
Five years ago, on 21 October 2018, the Government of Ethiopia and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) signed the Asmara Peace Deal - an historic occasion marking the end of over 30 years of armed conflict in the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia (SRS). But a peace deal isn’t an endpoint. It’s a milestone in the long road to addressing the root causes of a conflict, and building a society where all people have a voice. So, what’s changed in the region and what challenges are still to overcome?
The climate crisis, conflict and gender and social inequality form a connected system. Each challenge shapes, and is shaped by, the others. Policy and practice - which addresses each of these challenges - therefore has the potential to reinforce or undermine progress in the other.
2023 marks the mid-way point for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 SDGs in total, but they don’t sit in isolation and without peace, inclusion and equality it simply won’t be possible to achieve these global ambitions.
Our climate and environment is changing at a rate never seen before in human history. The way we respond to these changes has the potential to accelerate conflict or, if done sensitively, offers opportunities for peacebuilding where few might have existed. Explore our infographic to understand more about how climate change, conflict and peace interact and the vital role peacebuilders can play in ensuring responses to climate change don’t cause more harm.
The climate crisis is putting increasing pressure on already complex conflicts and deepening the issues that drive conflict. But how we respond to a changing climate can also present opportunities to bridge divides. In this video, Irtaza Muhammad and Ms. Noraida Abu explain how the climate crisis interacts with conflict in Kashmir and the Philippines, and the opportunities for peacebuilding.
Conciliation Resources has appointed three new members to its Board of Trustees; Megan Fearon, Henry Raine and Nicholas Griffin KC. The new trustees bring to the board vast expertise in politics, community peacebuilding, law and finance.
Complex conflicts can't be solved through national deals alone - local peace networks need to be supported to address community violence. Despite the existence of local peace mechanisms in communities across the Central African Republic, their input has historically been symbolic and leaves local conflict drivers and causes largely unaddressed.
Young people in Kaga-Bandoro and Sibut, in the Central African Republic, have lived in the shadow of three decades of conflict. All have had their lives in some way shaped by violence. While the physical consequences of conflict are easy to see, the effects on mental health are less obvious but no less damaging. Unresolved distress and trauma is often a driver of ongoing cycles of conflict.