National dialogue and legitimate change

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Hannes Siebert explains how national dialogue processes seek to address entrenched and protracted conflict through constructing forums for political reform and constitutional change. National dialogues prioritise domestic ownership as the stakeholders determine the process, decision-making and implementation mechanisms.

Accord Angola - Da paz militar à justiça social? O processo de paz angolano (Portuguese version)

Oct 2004
From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process (Accord issue 15, 2004) asks ‘what next?’ for a nation that has secured a ‘military peace’ but still faces huge challenges in post-conflict peacebuilding and a secessionist war in Cabinda. It provides lessons from Angola’s history of conflict and peacemaking, and reviews past peace processes and the roles played by Angolan civil society, institutions such as the United Nations and foreign governments. (Portuguese version)

Angola, imperfect peace

Jan 2005
In this article published by Developments magazine, Huw Spanner looks at Conciliation Resources' report on Angola's civil war and says that several of the important lessons within it can be applied to other African conflicts.

Workshop report: mechanisms for political participation of the public in peacemaking

Feb 2002
This report from a joint analysis workshop on mechanisms for political participation of the public in the peace processes in Colombia, Guatemala, Mali, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Somalia, and South Africa summarises the discussions that took place and describes key issues and examples from specific experiences.

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process (Portuguese)

Oct 2004

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process (Accord issue 15, 2004) asks ‘what next?’ for a nation that has secured a ‘military peace’ but still faces huge challenges in post-conflict peacebuilding and a secessionist war in Cabinda. It provides lessons from Angola’s history of conflict and peacemaking, and reviews past peace processes and the roles played by Angolan civil society, institutions such as the United Nations and foreign governments.

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process: Policy brief

Oct 2004
Accord policy brief: Angola cover image
This policy brief summarises Conciliation Resources’ Accord (issue 15) 'From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process'. It explores how Angola ended its civil war and the challenges it now faces.

Peace and reconciliation

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Oct 2004
Arguing that meaningful reconciliation must be rooted in local social and cultural contexts, Carlinda Monteiro examines Angola’s mixture of religions and beliefs and how this can form the basis for addressing the issues of truth and reconciliation.

The role of the media during the conflict and in the construction of democracy

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Oct 2004
Ismael Mateus traces the development of Angola’s media, arguing that the war helped create pressure for a more critical media, but many challenges stand in the way of creating a strong and independent media.

Angolan women in the aftermath of conflict

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Oct 2004
Henda Ducados analyses how the conflict affected women’s role in the household, economy and society. She suggests the role of women needs to be better understood, orienting policies that enable their participation in all spheres of society.

The challenge of democratisation

From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Oct 2004
Filomeno Vieira Lopes makes the case that neither democratisation nor peacebuilding are complete and that civil society initiatives are critical for inducing change.