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Creating safe spaces for youth to build peace

This year, the UN’s International Youth Day is championing safe spaces for youth - places where young people can come together, express themselves, and participate in decision making. In peacebuilding, creating these safe spaces is a vital first step in allowing young people to share their experiences of conflict, and work towards achieving a more peaceful future.

Annual Report 2017

mai 2018

Read this annual review of our work in 2017. Highlights include: establishing a network of peace platforms in northeast Nigeria to engage youth, strengthening the abilities of indigenous women in Colombia to monitor implementation of the peace agreement, and building relationships between civil society and the military in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“I just want to live like a normal man”: What’s stopping CAR disarming?

The ongoing instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) is not a religious conflict. There are undoubtedly some religious elements to it, but the popular story that it is an intractable war of Muslims versus Christians – of former Séléka rebels versus anti-Balaka vigilantes – is far too simplistic.

South Sudan: youth perspectives on peace and security

avr 2018
In South Sudan, many young people understand the need for them to participate in peacebuilding, but often lack the capacity and resources to take action. Conciliation Resources carried out a study to capture the voices of over 100 young people in the context of on-going civil war in the country. This report documents their thoughts on what needs to change to enable them to meaningfully participate in peacebuilding.

Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals. 
 
However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it.

Impossible de rester en place

nov 2017
Après le retrait des forces de l’Union africaine des zones touchées par l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur (LRA) dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), les activités de groupes armés se sont intensifiées dans la zone. L’insécurité croissante a compliqué la liberté de mouvement et les pratiques agricoles. Cela a restreint l’accès aux terres et la propriété foncière, phénomène qui a une incidence particulière sur les femmes et d’autres groupes exclus de la société. La présente note d’orientation propose un ensemble de recommandations en vue de l’amélioration de la sécurité, de l’accès aux terres et de la propriété foncière parmi les femmes et les groupes marginalisés.

Tensions sous-jacentes

nov 2017
À la mi-2016, un grand nombre de réfugiés sud-soudanais ont commencé à arriver dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), fuyant la flambée de violence dans leur pays d’origine. À divers moments, des civils de la RDC et du Soudan du Sud ont traversé leur frontière commune en quête de sécurité, échappant aux conflits en cours dans leurs pays respectifs. À moins que des mesures ne soient prises pour prévenir l’escalade, le récent afflux de réfugiés en RDC a le potentiel de transformer les tensions existantes en violence. La présente note d’orientation examine ces tensions et propose des recommandations quant aux mesures à prendre pour réduire le conflit.

Unable to stay in place

nov 2017
Unable to stay in place
Following the withdrawal of African Union forces from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), armed group activities have intensified in the area. Rising insecurity has complicated freedom of movement and agricultural practices. This has constrained land access and ownership which uniquely impacts women and other socially excluded groups. This policy brief provides a set of recommendations to increase security and land access and ownership among women and marginalised groups.

Underlying tensions

nov 2017
In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.

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.

Infographic: Annual Report 2016

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

Annual Report 2016

juin 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'.

Je suis en sécurité tant que je reste: paroles de groupes armés en République centrafricaine

La République centrafricaine (RCA) détient une longue et turbulente histoire de conflits violents et d’instabilité politique. Depuis 2013, date à laquelle la dernière crise a éclaté, des efforts considérables ont été faits pour éviter que le pays ne sombre dans le conflit armé

If I stay I am safe: voices of armed groups in the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has had a long and turbulent history of violent conflict and political instability. Since the most recent crisis erupted in 2013 huge efforts have been made to pull the country back from the brink of armed conflict.