Research this month

A key component of the project design was for the JSD process to enable national to local engagement. Many of the issues required not only local trust building and cooperation but also national decision making.

Supporting insider mediation: strengthening resilience to conflict and turbulence

The increase in decentralized and recurring violence, combined with waves of popular protests, election-related conflicts, and tensions around natural resources has meant that there is an increasing demand and scope for the work of insider mediators.

Supporting insider mediation, from UNDP, shares the experiences of UNDP and the EU in their efforts to support local-'insider' mediation. Divided into two parts, the paper first looks at what insider mediation is and why it is important, before discussing how this work can be best supported.

The listen and learn project: improving aid accountability in Haiti 2014

The aid community has still not made much progress towards systematically including the perspective of Haitian people in the design and implementation of their programs. There is a narrow but growing body of evidence that interacting with affected populations makes a difference in the quality and relevance of aid.

The Listen and Learn Project, from DARA/Keystone initiative, examines aid accountability in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. The report is highly critical of the failure of international NGOs to take account of the views of beneficiaries, or draw on local capacity.

Listening to communities – Karen (Kayin) State

Despite improvements, communities highlighted on-going challenges and want to see more tangible benefits. Many community members were concerned that ceasefire agreements had not achieved real peace and felt a continued lack of security, fear and widespread concern that fighting would resume.

Listening to communities, from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, looks at citizen perceptions of the peace process in Karen state, Myanmar. Based on around 100 interviews, the research highlights some of the key areas of concern for communities in Karen state.

Eritrean opposition parties and civic organisations

Attempts to bring the various competing parties under one political umbrella have been mostly unsuccessful and no consensus has been reached regarding a roadmap for democratic transition. The Eritrean political opposition is still affected by the historically inherited fault lines causing regional, ethnic and religious differences, which exacerbate the lack of mutual trust among current opposition activists.

Eritrean opposition parties and civic organisations, from NOREF, is a short analysis of civil society in the Eritrean diaspora. The paper explores the different motivations and areas of friction between political and civic organisations.


Funding opportunity

PeaceNexus Fund - New Organisational Development Call 2015

PeaceNexus is launching its second organisational development call for proposals. Through small grants and process support, PeaceNexus seeks to enable peacebuilding NGOs to better manage their organisational change, growth and learning processes. The call is open to NGOs with an explicit peacebuilding mandate that operate internationally (in at least five countries) and to local organisations operating in West Africa and the Balkans - please check the country list and find the concept note and application procedures.  The deadline for the call is February 11, 2015. [/more_info_box]

From the blog

Civil society peacebuilding: central to Central Africa

By Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet: What role can civil society play in the transition in the Central African Republic? Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet offers an overview. Read more »

Trouble ahead? The reconciliation process in the Central African Republic

By Thomas Zuber: Thomas Zuber discusses the prospects for peace in the Central African Republic in 2015. Read more »

No way out? Election fever and the prospect of conflict in the Nigerian elections

By Kevin McCann: Kevin McCann reports from a debate on Nigeria’s crucial 2015 elections. Read more »

Prophets and protest in Niger – the reaction to Charlie Hebdo

By Oumarou Gado: Events in Niger recently have included violent protests against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Read more »

Razan – a dream blowing in the wind?

By Sawssan Abou-Zahr: Sawssan Abou-Zahr reflects on the hopes and disappointment of the Libyan revolution with novelist Razan Almoghrabi. Read more »

History repeating itself? Overcoming the legacy of partition in Pakistan.

By Zahid Shahab Ahmed: An interview with Anam Zakaria, a young peacebuilder overcoming prejudice, intolerance and mistrust between Pakistan and India. Read more »

Reconciliation in the Cote d’Ivoire: mission impossible?

By Oussou Kouamé Remi: Oussou Kouamé Remi discusses the difficulties the Cote d’Ivoire has had in establishing a truth and reconciliation commission. Read more »

Cultural heritage as peacemaker

By Gustav Rudd: Gustav Rudd looks at how cultural heritage can be used as a tool for peacebuilding in Syria and beyond. Read more »