There is continuing uncertainty at the policy level over how and when to engage non-state armed groups (NSAGs). There has also been little focus on how community-based actors reach out to and are reached by NSAGs. Understanding local interactions with NSAGs may provide better analysis of a group’s dynamics as well as provide entry points for dialogue when formal channels are blocked. However there are a number of challenges and risks, as well as opportunities, for those that reach out to NSAGs.
To explore how local civil society engage non-state armed groups and how such efforts can contribute to broader peacebuilding possibilities, Conciliation Resources brought together 31 stakeholders with a range of experiences for a one-day reflection.
This report – by Sophie Haspeslagh, Accord Insight II Issue Editor – distils the main points of discussion, and concludes with a few overarching observations. It is intended to inform the development of the forthcoming Accord Insight publication - due out in 2014.