Local populations living in conflict zones often bear the brunt of armed violence. But they are not simply passive victims – their relationships with armed groups are much more complex, and can offer opportunities for building peace. A new Conciliation Resources’ publication Local engagement with armed groups: in the midst of violence, looks at how communities have been able to influence the behaviour of armed groups away from violence.
On 30 April, 'Opportunities Through Unity' network from Azerbaijan presented the main findings of their recent research – New Housing and the Hope to Return.
Our new EU-funded project 'Responding to Ebola-driven conflict' will enable local communities in the Mano River border regions to peacefully resolve tensions triggered or exacerbated by the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic.
Conflict-affected communities in the Central African Republic feel more empowered to advocate for peaceful change and to contribute to policy and dialogue processes.
Conciliations Resources, as part of a Consortium led by the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy, has been awarded a research bid from the Department for International Development (DFID) to explore political settlements in fragile and conflict affected states.
A group of youth from either side of the Line of Control (LoC) met in Cape Town, South Africa to share perspectives and discuss opportunities for peace in divided Kashmir.
The Karabakh Contact Group – an initiative to bring together Armenian and Azerbaijani experts to discuss the Nargorny Karabakh conflict – met in December in Washington.
Conciliation Resources is delighted to announce that Dr Eleanor O’Gorman has joined us as the Director of Policy and Practice.
Conciliation Resources has been working with local partners in the Georgian-Abkhaz context for over 15 years, supporting dialogue initiatives between divided communities affected by the 1992-3 violent conflict.
Although fighting in the region died down after 1993, the nearly quarter of a million Georgians displaced from Abkhazia continue to feel the impact of the conflict and still have little opportunity to influence the peace process. Despite significant improvement in recent years, politically, they remain marginalised.
Conciliation Resources has been featured in The Guardian. Our partner Harold Aidoo, Executive Director of the Institute for Research and Democratic Development in Liberia, writes about cross-border areas in West Africa, some of the worst hit by Ebola. In his article, he describes the challenges of uniting communities amidst growing fear, hostility and mistrust.