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Effective early warning relies on people and institutions with the capacity and willingness to engage in prevention and response to conflict at multiple levels.

It is those living in closest proximity to insecurity who are the first to detect and respond to threats and manifestations of violence.

However, on the whole international and national priorities in conflict prevention, development and peacebuilding do not take this into account.

In order for internationals to contribute more effectively to locally driven conflict prevention initiatives, a shift in thinking and resources is needed to focus more on local agency, process and relationships.

This project is funded by the EU Instrument for Stability.