Research this month
Community resilience to violent extremism in Kenya
"An important component of community resilience to violence is existing local networks of civic engagement among ethnic groups."
Community resilience to violent extremism in Kenya, from USIP, explores how local communities in urban Kenya are resisting and countering violent extremism. The year-long research focused on 6 neighbourhoods in Nairobi and Mombassa to determine key factors leading to local resilience.
Transforming broken relationships: Making peace with the past
"Transforming relationships is not simply a post-conflict endeavour but a continuous process that can start at an earlier stage, before a formal settlement."
Transforming broken relationships, from Conciliation Resources, looks at the idea of reconciliation, in particular the practical approaches and challenges of addressing the legacy of violence. Through examples of a number of conflicts, the publication highlights the need for a range of approaches to reconciliation.
Rejecting peace? Legacies of violence in Colombia
"The results in the plebiscite also display a clear rural-urban divide: more populated municipalities and cities, which were comparatively less affected by FARC’s brand of guerrilla warfare, were much more likely to reject the agreement, while more sparsely populated areas tended to vote yes."
Rejecting Peace, from PRIO, examines reasons behind Colombia's narrow rejection of the peace agreement with the FARC in a referendum. The research highlights the divisions in Colombian society over the issue - those in areas affected by the violence were more likely to vote in favour of the deal.
The value of listening to community voices: a peacebuilding approach to armed social violence
"The value of Listening Methodology lies in the act of giving communities the space to be heard and to realise that their voices are important."
The value of listening to community voices shares the experience of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia in developing peacebuilding interventions rooted in community perceptions. The paper is part of the latest in the Berghof Foundation's 'Dialogue' series which looks at the role peacebuilding plays in tackling armed social violence.
Conflict Trends 2016/3
The latest issue of Conflict Trends includes articles on strengthening community engagement in UN peace operations, participatory media, and youth activism in Zimbabwe.