This policy brief from Conciliation Resources draws on the findings from Accord 13 Owning the process: Public participation in peacemaking.
It describes how negotiations to end violence are an opportunity to create a more inclusive settlement, which has advantages such as producing a more legitimate peace agreement.
The brief discusses the characteristics of participatory
peace processes and outlines three basic structures for this: representation through political parties; consultations; and direct participation.
It also explores associated challenges and outlines some key considerations for external support to peace processes.