Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

A look back - The Accord series on addressing the legacies of violence

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Sep 2016

Previous issues of the Accord series have documented reconciliation in peace processes. 'A look back' provides summaries of articles highlighting some of the synergies and tensions between official and unofficial efforts to address legacies of violence. Full articles are available on the Conciliation Resources website: www.c-r.org/accord

Capacities for peace: Latin America

Mar 2016

The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In Latin America, Conciliation Resources worked with local organisations in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru – countries that have suffered protracted armed conflicts – to support people to explore ways to strengthen peace processes and prevent violence.

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

Civil society in peace accords and the durability of peace

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Desiree Nilsson presents recent statistical analysis of 83 signed peace agreements from 40 different civil wars between 1989 and 2004 to demonstrate significant correlation between the inclusion of civil society in peace agreements and an increase in their durability.

Legitimacy and peace processes: international norms and local realities

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Jean Arnault explores the relationship between international norms and local realities in peace processes – in particular means to build domestic support. He discusses three specific ways that domestic legitimacy was built in the Guatemalan peace process: through the participation of key constituencies, the representation of significant views and values, and the delivery of tangible dividends.

Ana Glenda Tager

Ana Glenda Tager is Latin American Regional Director at Interpeace. She previously worked as a Programme Officer for WSP International (Interpeace’s predecessor), developing a number of programmes on citizenship security issues in Latin America. She has also held the position of Professor of Political Sociology at Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala.

Isabel Aguilar Umaña

Isabel Aguilar Umaña is Regional Director of the Central America Youth Programme at Interpeace. A specialist in youth-related violence, prevention, rehabilitation and reinsertion programs, she designs public policy proposals, works with youth networks, and carries out advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and at-risk youths.

Bernardo Arévalo de León

Bernardo Arévalo de León is Senior Peacebuilding Adviser at Interpeace’s International Peacebuilding Advisory Team, previously serving as Deputy Director General for Research and Development. Before working for Interpeace, Bernardo served in Guatemala’s foreign service for over 12 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to Spain.