Based on analysis of four contexts (Nepal, Nigeria, the Somali Region of Ethiopia (Ogaden) and Colombia) this report explores how inclusion is negotiated in peace processes and associated avenues for resolving conflict and effecting political change. While analysis of peacebuilding and peace processes often focuses on elite-led negotiations, this research examines how change is perceived by those living in conflict-affected contexts, and strategies used by different groups to influence political change.
Beyond elite bargains
This practice-based research draws on participatory workshops and consultations that were organised jointly with Conciliation Resources’ partners in the three contexts. It complements more specific guidance, published simultaneously by Conciliation Resources, on how different gender groups and social movements, particularly women, seek to inform, leverage and influence the political settlement.
This report is funded by UK aid from the UK Department for International Development through the Peace Research Partnership. Saferworld, Conciliation Resources and International Alert are collaborating on a three-year research programme which generates evidence and lessons for policymakers and practitioners on how to support peaceful, inclusive change in conflict-affected areas. The research focuses on economic development, peace processes, institutions and gender drivers of conflict. Find out more.
The background research papers for this report are outputs of the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP).