Research this month
Exiting Conflict, Owning the Peace: Local Ownership and Peacebuilding Relationships in the cases of Bosnia and Kosovo
There is a need for a more rigorous concept of local ownership which is based on a bottom-up approach and which constructs an effective relationship between local and external actors.
Exiting conflict, owning the peace (pdf), from the London School of Economics and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, looks at how the concept of local ownership is promoted within international peacebuilding. Using Bosnia and Kosovo as case studies, the paper finds that new ways of thinking are needed to make this idea effective.
Culturally-based Peacebuilding in Pakistan
Pakistani civil society is developing a range of innovative approaches to address extremism and conflict in their country to better foster peace.
Culturally-based Peacebuilding in Pakistan (pdf) is a short policy brief from 3P security looking at how Pakistani civil society is finding ways of promoting peace that draw upon local religious and cultural traditions.
Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon
Lebanese are not merely passive victims of a violent fate determined beyond their country’s borders: many are hungry for change and have been actively exploring opportunities and pushing boundaries to achieve it.
Reconciliation, reform and resilience is the latest edition of Accord from Concilliation Resources. The collection of articles examines Lebanon since the 1989 Peace Agreement, finding that much work is still to be done to find a sustainable peace.
Humanitarian space in Somalia: a scarce commodity
The history of humanitarian aid in Somalia is not one of political neutrality and impartiality, but rather is the story of how external resources have been used as one of the primary economic and political prizes in a resource-scarce country.
Humanitarian space in Somalia examines the challenges facing humanitarian assistance in Somalia. The paper argues that the political dynamics of international aid in Somalia has led to distrust and insecurity.
Guidance for designing, monitoring and evaluating peacebuilding projects: using theories of change
When we articulate the theories of change underlying our work, we make them available for examination, monitoring and evaluation.
Using theories of change, from CARE International and International Alert, provides practical guidance and advice on how "theories of change" can be used in the monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects.
"For me, but without me, is against me." Why efforts to stabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo are not working
Local civil society organisations should have a substantial influence in adapting stabilisation plans to local dynamics, holding state bodies to account at different levels, and providing services such as local mediation.
For me, but without me, is against me (pdf), from Oxfam, discusses DR Congo's twin stabilisation plans - STAREC and ISSSS. The paper finds fundamental weaknesses with both plans, among them a lack of inclusion for local civil society.
Final Evaluation: "Supporting Trading For Peace in The Great Lakes"
The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the extent to which the respect and trust among and between petty traders and customs officials in the target region had improved and to assess the extent to which knowledge and understanding on issues causing conflict ... have also been improved.
Search for Common Ground have made available the evaluation of their "Trading for Peace in the Great Lakes" project. The project sought to strengthen trade between Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo, with the aim of building trust between traders in the region.