Research this month

Mapping of the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace fund

This map reveals the often ignored scale of peace projects around the world, and the cutting-edge role that technology can play in support of peacebuilding.

Peace Direct has launched a unique online map showcasing €2.3 billion of peacebuilding projects supported by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace fund. The new interactive map shows details of 292 peace projects in 80 countries funded by the world’s largest aid donor, including in Iraq, Ukraine and Syria. Projects on the map include small-scale work being implemented by local organisations, as well as larger initiatives run in collaboration with the UN and international NGOs. The projects can be searched by theme, year of operation and EU contract number. The map gives a useful overview of how funds are spent around the world as well as details on individual projects.

Global Peace Index 2015

The 2015 Global Peace Index shows that the world is becoming increasingly divided with some countries enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.

The Global Peace Index, from the Institute from Economics and Peace, is an annual assessment of levels of peace around the world. The 2015 report has been released as both a narrative report and interactive map enabling independent exploration of the data.

Main results of the ‘Broader participation in political negotiation and implementation’ project 2011-2015

[T]he results demonstrate that broader inclusion in itself is not sufficient to achieve positive outcomes. Rather, it is only quality inclusion, i.e. the influence and ability of included actors to make meaningful contributions, which is strongly correlated with positive outcomes.

Broader Participation Project looked at the idea of inclusion and how it impacts the quality and sustainability of peace agreements. The project identified what factors lead to inclusion working effectively. In order to make its recommendations the research looked at 40 examples of peace and political transition agreements to see how inclusion has been worked in practice.

One goal of using a hybrid of customary law and restorative justice is to de-escalate armed conflicts and human rights violations that heavily armed militia groups have perpetrated to undermine traditional leadership since the ousting of Gadhafi

The impact of war on Somali men

[T]he majority of men find themselves dispensable, with no meaningful role and no stake in the future. For men (unlike for women, for whom gender transformation is actively being canvassed by the international community) there is no space, other than reformist Islam, to discuss the implications, hence few alternative trajectories for men to achieve manhood.

The impact of war on Somali men, from the Rift Valley Institute, examines how 20 years of war has impacted men and ideas of masculinity in Somalia. Based on a series of interviews with both Somali men and women the report explores how ideas have changed and what this means for the future. According to the report, the findings have important implications for all kinds of peacebuilding and development interventions.

A new climate for peace: taking action on climate and fragility risks

Climate change is simultaneously increasing the complexity of a range of global challenges, including fragility. If strategies to address these challenges fail to take into account the interdependent and systemic nature of these climate-fragility risks, they will fail or, in the worst case, exacerbate the risks they try to address. Interdependent challenges need integrated answers.

A new climate for peace, commissioned by the G7 countries, is an extensive piece of research into how climate change is likely to affect violence, conflict, and instability. The research identifies seven key risks related to climate change, such as increased competition over resources. The report offers recommendations for mitigation and prevent instability related to climate change, one of which is to better support local actors in countries facing the negative effects of climate change.

Regime change for humanitarian aid: How to make relief more accountable

Ever since it began reforming itself, the Humanitarian Club has embraced a compelling vision of the future: one in which the aid system would no longer be owned and operated by the West and would be fully accountable to its beneficiaries.

Regime change for humanitarian aid, an article in Foreign Affairs by Michael Barnett and Peter Walker, presents a humanitarian aid system in which power is too centralised and unable to cope with the increasingly complex emergencies the world faces. The authors argue for radical reform in the system in order to be more accountable and responsive to local needs.

From the blog

An exploration of water cooperation and intra-state violence

By Adan E. Suazo: Does international cooperation over managing water resources lead to more peace on the ground? Read more »

One Million Bones: the road to Srebrenica

By Balkan Diskurs: The Post-Conflict Research Center is bringing 100,000 bones to the site of the Srebrenica genocide. Co-founder Leslie Woodward discusses the project. Read more »

Indigenous schools: closure and militarisation?

By Rey Ty: A dispute over the use of indigenous schools by the military is threatening to delay the start of the new school year in the Philippines. Rey Ty reports. Read more »

An update on Burundi

By Burundi Local-Correspondent: Burundi continues to be rocked by violence as parliamentary and presidential elections loom closer. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent, who is writing anonymously for security reasons, shares an update on the most recent events in the nation.Read more »

Chad: beyond the regional hegemon, a precarious regime

By Victoria Madonna: Does Chad’s role as a regional hegemon mask internal instability? And what is the role of civil society in the country? Read more »

The causes and consequences of illegal immigration from Senegal

By Mouhamadou Kane: Mouhamadou Kane discusses what pushes young Senegalese to attempt the dangerous voyage from North Africa to Europe. Read more »

Insight on Conflict hits 1000-organisation milestone

By Katrina Kilkenny: Last week Insight on Conflict hit the milestone of mapping over 1000 local peacebuilding organisations worldwide. Read more »

Attacks in Chad: our Local Correspondent responds

By Bouyo Séverin: Bouyo Séverin, Peace Direct’s local correspondent, comments on recent violence in Chad. Read more »

The importance of local peacemaking in the Greater Horn of Africa

By Kisuke Ndiku: Kisuke Ndiku on why local peacebuilding is essential to resolving conflict, but is often underutilised. Read more »

IOC meets IcSP: mapping EU peacebuilding projects around the world

By Kevin McCann: Today, Insight on Conflict launches a key new feature: an interactive map displaying hundreds of EU-funded peacebuilding projects around the world. Read more »

Appel de candidatures: organisations en République Centrafricaine

By Kevin McCann: Peace Direct lance un appel de candidatures pour faire la suite a son récent evénement en RCA. Read more »

Zimbabwe on Insight on Conflict

By Holly Spencer: Zimbabwe is the newest country covered by Insight on Conflict. Edward Chinhanhu is helping us expand our work. Read more »

Peacebuilding in Zimbabwe: how to build a healing strategy?

By Edward Chinhanhu: Edward Chinhanhu discusses the need for a comprehensive peacebuilding strategy in Zimbabwe. Read more »

What future for children born of war?

By Virginie Ladisch: Children born of war face social stigmatisation and other problems as they grow up. Virginie Ladisch explores how this can be tackled. Read more »

Nepal’s peace process in the aftermath of the earthquake

By Ambika Pokhrel: How the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake has renewed the constitution writing process and may lead to peace and reconstruction.Read more »

Mothers of Srebrenica: the fight for truth and justice

By Balkan Diskurs: After 20 years, the Mothers of Srebrenica are continuing their fight for truth and justice. Read more »

Peacebuilding in the Philippines: new coverage on Insight on Conflict

By Isabelle Le Marois: Our new Local Correspondent, Rey Ty, is helping us to map peacebuilding work in our 8th Asian region, the Philippines. Read more »

Peace in the Philippines: time to go back to the negotiating table

By Rey Ty: Trust between rebel movements and the Philippine government is low. As we launch a new section covering the region on Insight on Conflict, our Local Correspondent Rey Ty provides an update on events this year. Read more »

Local peacebuilding in Turkey’s Kurdish borderlands

By Dilan Okcuoglu: The legacy of conflict, and the potential for peace, in the borderlands of Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. Read more »

An update on Burundi

By Burundi Local-Correspondent: Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent in Burundi is providing regular reports on violent protests which have gripped the country since late April this year. Read more »

Insight on Conflict expands: Yemen

By Kevin McCann: Insight on Conflict now maps local peacebuilding in 31 different regions. The latest area is Yemen. Read more »

Strengthening community-level peacebuilding in Rwanda

By Jean de Dieu Basabose: Why community-level reconciliation is an essential part of securing peace in Rwanda. Read more »