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Through our eyes

May 2018
It is nearly ten years since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Throughout the insurgency, the perspectives of local populations have all too-often been overlooked and excluded. Existing ‘community engagement’ has often been limited to consultation with community elders and traditional leaders on the assumption that they represent the voice of their constituents. This research, conducted in partnership between Conciliation Resources and the Kukah Centre, seeks to capture the local population’s perspectives on existing responses to the violence and their vision for long-term solutions.

Film - From Garissa to Liberia: lessons for peacebuilding

In September, ten peacebuilders travelled from Kenya to West Africa to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to help them build more peaceful and inclusive societies. In this film, they share what they learnt.

Is peace possible in South Sudan?

South Sudan may be the world’s youngest country, but the region has a long and turbulent history of conflict – and of peace. In the absence of formal governance, traditional processes to resolve conflict have held society together.

Moving beyond nationalism: a new vision for peace in South Asia

Pakistan and India celebrate 70 years of independence next week. That also means 70 years of hostility and conflict between the two states over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir – divided by the Line of Control into Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered territories. Tensions and unresolved grievances around these historic disputes continue to feed wider regional instability. Home to over one fifth of the world’s population, the human and developmental consequences of protracted conflict in South Asia are immens

Supporting women's meaningful participation in peace

Explore our interactive infographic to find out more about how to support women's meaningful participation in peace.

Nothing is possible without unity: women's voices post-Ebola

The Ebola epidemic that struck West Africa three years ago impacted every section of society, but it was often women who were most affected by the tensions and conflict that the epidemic caused.

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships

Aug 2016
Although the importance of reconciliation is increasingly acknowledged by policymakers and practitioners, it is often viewed belatedly and purely as a post-conflict concern. This third Accord Insight reflects on approaches and challenges to address the legacies of violent conflict and stresses the need for efforts to transform relationships between and amongst people and institutions.

Beyond reintegration towards reconciliation in the post-Ebola context

Aug 2016
Cover of Beyond Reintegration Policy Brief

Since March 2015, Conciliation Resources and national civil society partners have been implementing a two year project aimed at understanding, mitigating and resolving tensions arising from, or exacerbated by, the Ebola crisis.

The project focuses on 18 remote border districts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire where community-based initiatives, called District Platforms for Dialogue (DPDs), are facilitating and mediating dialogue in their respective communities.

Ebola: beyond the health crisis

Ebola was not just a health crisis. In the already tense border regions of West Africa the epidemic, and attempts to control it, sparked fresh waves of violence. Conciliation Resources has been supporting local peacebuilders to reunite and reconcile communities, survivors and local authorities.

Building bridges through filmmaking

In these short films, you can see the work of a group of young aspiring Armenian and Azerbaijani video journalists that came together to complete a one-year film-production study programme at the 'Dialogue Through Film Academy'.

Local engagement with armed groups: in the midst of violence

May 2015
International policy is ambiguous on whether or not to talk to non-state armed groups. But while states equivocate, local populations may already be in contact. This second Accord Insight looks at how local actors organise to enter into dialogue with armed groups and challenge their use of violence.

Coup babies: the rise of youth activists in Fiji

On 17 September 2014 Fiji will hold the country’s first national elections since the military coup of 2006. Young people make up almost half of those registered to vote. For International Youth Day, Conciliation Resources interviewed three youth activists about what they are doing to support a peaceful democratic transition in Fiji.

Community strength after bomb blasts in Jos

May 2014
Youth Platforms for Peace Ambassadors, Nov 2013
The city of Jos, Nigeria was tragically hit by bombs on 20 and 24 May 2014. As local reactions form, community cohesion will be essential in preventing reprisal attacks. A press statement from local peacebuilders in Jos has been released. It condemns the attacks and calls for the people of Jos to react by rallying around victims, rather than cause greater hardship through violent reprisals.

Letter: Effective targets to promote sustainable peace

Apr 2014
Open letter to UN's OWG on Sustainable Development Goals
To address the underlying drivers of conflict, our definition of peace needs to more than the absence of violence. Conciliation Resources and 32 other civil society groups have sent a joint letter to the UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals addressing this and identifying effective targets to promote sustainable peace.

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.