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.
Bougainville is an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), and is geographically the last island in the Solomon Archipelago island chain. The island experienced a sustained violent conflict through the 1990s.
Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
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
As Bougainville continues on its journey in implementing its peace agreement, Conciliation Resources has strengthened its relationship with one of the island’s foremost peace advocates, Sister Lorraine Garasu.
After eight years of military-backed rule, there is a level optimism in Fiji. On 17 September 2014, Fiji held its first elections since the 2006 military coup that installed Fiji’s military chief, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as prime minister. The election result saw Frank Bainimarama's political party win a majority of seats in Fiji's new parliament.
The October 2014 issue of 'Balance', the newsletter of CR partner organisation Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM), focuses on the eight women elected to Fiji's new parliament and on enhancing women's political participation.