Research this month

A more dignified and equitable humanitarian system

Local actors, based in and among affected communities year round, are best placed to understand the real needs of those communities before and immediately after disasters strike.

A more dignified and equitable humanitarian system, from Adeso, calls for reform of the international humanitarian system to enable more effective partnerships between international and local actors. The paper outlines four specific reforms that Adeso believes are essential.

Reconciliation in practice

As evaluation efforts in the field develop, donors must be mindful that their money is not creating an elite group of organizations at the expense of locally led initiatives to repair relations in a way that makes sense for their people, their culture, and the history they have lived through.

Reconciliation in practice, from USIP, seeks to better understand how peacebuilding organisations work in the field of reconciliation. The research surveys the work of 110 organisations from across the world looking at how the different groups define their reconciliation efforts and measure success.

Monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding: the role of new media

New media is increasingly and often successfully used for needs assessments and beneficiary communication but only very few examples exist in which new media are applied for (improving) monitoring and evaluation in peacebuilding contexts.

Monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding: the role of new media, from the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, looks at how new media - such as mobile phones and the internet - can support monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects. The paper finds that new media has much potential, but that there are too few examples of successful practice.

Towards a more effective early warning system in the Horn of Africa

Civil society organisations have played a critical role in supporting early warning and response ... Harnessing their potential to contribute to early warning and response is key to ensure these mechanisms can effectively prevent conflicts and build peace in the region.

Towards a more effective early warning system in the Horn of Africa, from Saferworld, looks at the CEWARN early warning and early response network for the Horn of Africa. The report highlights the lessons and opportunities for improving the work of the network, and provides some recommendations as to how best to improve effectiveness.

African Journal on Conflict Resolution, Vol 15, No. 1

The latest issue of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution, from ACCORD, includes articles that look at the role of women in peacebuilding in Mozambique, transitional justice in DR Congo, and art-based approaches to peacebuilding.

From the blog

The causes and consequences of cross-border conflict in Kyrgyzstan

By Ian Litschko: Cross-border cooperation can be difficult in some parts of Central Asia. Ian Litschko discusses a recent incident on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border. Read more »

Youth, opportunity and conflict in Casamance

By Martin Evans: Martin Evans discusses some of the reasons for youth involvement in the conflict in Casamance, Senegal. Read more »

When theatre turns enemies into brothers

By Sawssan Abou-Zahr: A new Lebanese play aims to bring people together from across the social and political divides in Tripoli. Sawssan Abou-Zahr reports. Read more »

Zimbabwe: a conflict history

By Bryan Sims: Bryan Sims provides an overview of some of the causes and consequences of violence in Zimbabwe. Read more »

The importance of local peacebuilding in Georgia

By Nicholas Barker: Nicholas Barker discusses how ongoing local peacebuilding efforts risk being overlooked by the geopolitical concerns in Georgia and South Ossetia. Read more »

Early Warning, Early Response in Timor-Leste

By Freya Shaw: Freya Shaw explores the mechanisms of the EWER system that monitors and records conflicts, contributing to overall stabilisation of Timor-Leste. Read more »

Wearing tolerance around your neck: multi-faith symbolism in Tunisian jewellery

By Liz Resnick: In the middle of a turbulent year for Tunisia, Liz Resnick interviews a jewellery seller in Tunis whose work symbolises hope and harmony.Read more »

Conflict in Zimbabwe: prevention is better than cure

By Edward Chinhanhu: Looking ahead to the next elections, Edward Chinhanhu discusses the prospects for peace and violence in Zimbabwe.Read more »

Building confidence across Kashmir through trade

By Ameya Kilara: Ameya examines the enduring trade between the Indian and Pakistani administered parts of Kashmir, despite political obstacles and an inconsistent peace process. Read more »

The need for peace journalism increases in Turkey as more Syrians seek refuge

By Gloria Laker Aciro: Gloria Laker Aciro discusses the impact of media coverage on Syrian refugees in Turkey and the benefits of a peace journalism approach. Read more »

Pucks for peace in Ukraine

By Brian Canever: Brian Canever spoke to Olga Dolinina, who is using the popularity of table hockey to try and bring people together in UkraineRead more »

DR Congo: introducing our new Local Correspondent, Maguy Libebele

By Maguy Libebele: Maguy Libebele is Insight on Conflict’s new Local Correspondent in DR Congo.Read more »