A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict.

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Scaling up locally-led peacebuilding: the Zwelethemba model

Rosemary Cairns posts on the Insight on Conflict blog about scaling up local peacebuilding. Rosemary presents the example of a project in South Africa's Zwelethemba township which created a model for community security that is now widely used in South Africa and five other countries.

Strengthening Local Mediation Efforts: Lessons from Eastern DRC

This briefing paper (pdf) from the Initiative for Peacebuilding looks at the role local mediation efforts play in Eastern Congo. The paper aims to provide international organisations who may be supporting local mediation, with an understanding of the current practice, opportunities and limitations of local mediation.

Lessons from Haiti and Beyond: Report from the 2010 International Conference on Crisis Mapping

This report from USIP follows from last year's International Conference on Crisis Mapping. Given the attention the field of crisis mapping following the high profile deployment after the Haitian earthquake, the conference focused on lessons learned from the Haitian experience, and how the future development of the field.

Peace, Security, and stability in Georgia - a community informed strategy

Peace, Security and Stability in Georgia (pdf) from Saferworld summaries the results of their work with consulting communities in Georgia and plans for the peace, security and stability in the country. The process produced a 'community-informed strategy' to meet the challenges that Georgian society identified.

Negotiating Ceasefires

Negotiating Ceasefires (pdf) is the third addition to the Mediation Practice series from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. This paper discusses the challenges that mediators face when negotiating ceasefires, and the possible options that are open to them.