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Goodbye to arms

Conciliation Resources' trustee, Avila Kilmurray, attended Colombia's official reconciliation ceremony this month, where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) handed over some of their last weapons, signifying an end to over 50 years of armed conflict.

"Here is the place I could start my life again"

Ana Victoria Bastidas arrived in the UK from Colombia more than twenty years ago, after being kidnapped by armed traffickers in the Colombian jungle. She has now made her home in London, and in 2008 began her journey to becoming the first female Colombian priest in the Anglican Church

Indigenous women and Colombia’s peace process

Jun 2017
This report explores the historic experience of indigenous women in Colombia – a group usually absent from political decision-making processes – and how formal and customary institutions impact their inclusion in Colombia’s political settlement. It charts the emergence of different pathways for change for indigenous women, including the evolution of women’s engagement in the Colombian peace process as well as the inclusion of gender and ethnic minority issues in negotiations. The report looks at how the peace process is an opportunity for indigenous women to play a key role in peacebuilding and the reconfiguration of the political settlement in Colombia.

Infographic: Annual Report 2016

Explore our interactive graphic to find out more about our peacebuilding work and achievements in 2016.

Processing peace in Afghanistan

Jun 2017
The Salang Pass, a key mountain pass connecting northern Afghanistan with Kabul and the country's southern provinces.
This Accord spotlight summarises discussions from a workshop to explore priorities for peace in Afghanistan. It looks at six key themes; peacemaking in perspective, terminology, inclusion, understanding divisions, re-centring the regional stage and processing peace. Linking all the themes is the recurring concern that contextual understanding should be central to designing an appropriate peace architecture for Afghanistan. As one workshop participant emphasised, ‘Afghanistan is currently experiencing not just one war, but many: any attempt to promote peace will need to recognise and address these wars as discrete but interconnected components of a conflict system’. The report is written by Anna Larson, Issue Editor of the forthcoming Accord Afghanistan publication and Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London

Nine priorities for peace in Afghanistan

After 25 years of civil war in Afghanistan, today progress towards a peace process is increasingly seen as central to securing a just and stable future. But to date, there has been little analysis of what a process might actually look like.

Annual Report 2016

Jun 2017
Annual Report 2016 cover
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.

The Newsmaker: Philippines Martial Law

The Government of the Philippines has declared martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, after clashes between the army and extremist groups.

The violence is focused in the city of Marawi, and erupted as the army searched for the leaders of a militant group with alleged links to Islamic State (IS). Most residents have now evacuated the city, which is home to around 200,000 people.

Hard Feelings

May 2017

Constructive dialogue with non-state armed groups is hugely important – to prevent, mitigate or resolve violent conflict. But it is equally challenging and variable in terms of the context, actors involved, purpose of such dialogue, and the means by which it is achieved. On 15 March 2017, Conciliation Resources and the Center for Empathy in International Affairs hosted a roundtable discussion involving 21 mediators, peacebuilders, experts and officials to consider the role that empathy can play in helping to establish and sustain dialogue with non-state armed groups. This note, drafted by CEIA Director Matt Waldman, summarises the key points made during the course of the discussion.

Faire la paix avec le passé: Transformer les relations dégradées

Aug 2016
Faire la paix avec le passé: Transformer les relations dégradées

Les décideurs et les professionnels reconnaissent de plus en plus l’importance de la réconciliation dans les efforts de construction d’une paix durable. Pourtant, la réconciliation est souvent envisagée au dernier moment, comme s’il s’agissait d’une problématique relevant purement et simplement de la phase qui suit le conflit. Or il n’y a aucune certitude quant à la nature des activités de réconciliation qui sont possibles à différentes étapes d’un processus de paix ni quant à la manière d’établir des liens entre les différents niveaux d’action, du niveau local aux élites.

Accord - Two steps forward, one step back

Apr 2017
Nepal Accord

Ten years on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nepal that ended a decade-long civil war, Conciliation Resources’ new Accord publication examines the country’s peace process. Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process focuses on the progress of inclusion and the function of power in Nepal’s peace process, and how peace and political negotiations in various forms have tried to support transition from a negative to a positive peace.

Conciliation Resources launches multi-language website

We are excited to launch new versions of our website in three languages to ensure our global audiences have better access to our peacebuilding news, views and resources.

Autrefois survivante d’Ebola, aujourd’hui artisan de paix communautaire

On a estimé qu’au plus fort de la crise Ebola, 75 % des personnes contaminées étaient des femmes.Au vu de leur rôle prépondérant dans les soins et l’aide apportés aux malades, en tant qu’infirmières ou commerçantes, les femmes se sont retrouvées en première ligne face au virus, et de ce fait, ont souvent été rejetées par leur communauté. Trois ans après le début de la crise, Conciliation Resources et ses partenaires en Afrique de l’Ouest continuent de soutenir des plateformes de paix locales pour mettre fin aux divisions causées par l’épidémie.

Una Mesa humilde y valiente

Apr 2017
Colombia paz
Este documento es una propuesta para innovar en la participación ciudadana en el proceso de paz en Colombia con el Ejército de Liberación Nacional ELN. La propuesta sugiere invertir la lógica de las relaciones entre la mesa de negociaciones de paz y el conjunto de la sociedad.

Northern Ireland – peace, resilience and community activism

A recent study of community activism in Northern Ireland highlights resilience as a key outcome of the contribution of community action during times of both violence and tentative peacebuilding.