A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month's edition features articles on dispute resolution in Afghanistan, DDR in the Great lakes and more. To receive the email newsletter each month, please sign-up here or email joel@insightonconflict.org.

The politics of dispute resolution and continued instability in Afghanistan

This report (pdf) from USIP looks at the relationship between formal and informal dispute resolution in Afghanistan. The paper argues that, contrary to the widespread assumption that each are in competition, most successfully resolved disputes use a combination of the two.

The complexity of resource governance in a context of state fragility: the case of Eastern DRC

In this paper (pdf), International Alert examines the trading networks in DR Congo's informal mining sector. The paper looks at the links between military, economic and political actors and highlights some of the challenges to governance.

Civil society organisations and the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

This series of policy briefs (first (pdf)second (pdf)third (pdf)forth (pdf)) discusses the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) and the contributions civil society organisations have been making to the process. The IDPS was started in 2008, with the aim of improving peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile and conflict affected countries.

Reintegrating ex-combatants in the Great Lakes region: lessons learned

This report (pdf) examines the World Bank's Multi-country Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme (MDRP). It ran from 2002 to 2009 and aimed to demobilise and reintegrate 400,000 fighters in the Great Lakes region. The report looks at the challenges and successes of the project, and seeks to draw lessons that can influence future programmes.

Statebuilding in Timor-Leste: the undermining of state legitimacy?

In 'Statebuilding in Timor-Leste' NOREF looks at the international community approached building the peace in Timor-Leste. The report is critical of the process, arguing that the lack of local leadership in relation to macroeconomic policy undermined the legitimacy of the state.

Local civil society and USsponsored development

This short paper (pdf) from 3P Human Security discusses existing mechanisms in US development policy for funding and partnering with local civil society organisations. The paper includes recommendations on how this can be improved.

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