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How well are we doing? Peace and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the UN-led High Level Political Forum starting this week, the world’s attention turns to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the theme is Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, a topic of significant relevance to peacebuilding organisations like Conciliation Resources.

Fighting sexual and gender-based violence

Jun 2019
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This policy brief discusses the need to pay more attention to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Republic of South Sudan and outlines challenges that need to be addressed within communities, and at national government and international levels. It outlines a need for policies that, through national and local processes, can help open up dialogue between policymakers and citizens to ensure SGBV is an issue of priority at the national level.

Annual Report 2018

Jun 2019
Conflict is difficult, complex and political. There are no easy solutions for resolving conflict peacefully. So, the world urgently needs to find different ways to respond. Our Annual Report 2018 demonstrates how we are making peace possible.

Doing research in conflict settings

May 2019
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Our latest report with International Alert and Saferworld looks at how gender can be integrated into all aspects of research in conflict settings, exploring lessons learnt and recommendations for our joint Peace Research Partnership. It is crucial to consider balance in research teams, engage meaningfully with research participants and decide on the purpose of the research and ensure it is ethically carried out.

Joint letter to the European Union Foreign Affairs Council

Our joint letter to the EU Foreign Affairs Council expresses concern about the European Peace Facility's ambition to train and equip third-country militaries. The EU has better existing tools at its disposal to address global conflict.

Inclusion in practice: Examining gender-sensitive conflict analysis

Mar 2019
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This practice paper examines the experiences of peacebuilding practitioners and policy actors in undertaking gender-sensitive conflict analysis and integrating that analysis into programming and policymaking in conflict-affected contexts. It aims to identify and promote good practice by exploring the challenges faced by different actors in doing this work and identifying lessons learned from their experiences.

What is ‘good practice’ in gender-sensitive conflict analysis?

There is an increasing recognition that the causes of conflict are gendered, meaning that conflicts involve and affect people differently depending on their gender. It therefore follows that it is important to apply a gender perspective in any analysis in order to tackle conflict at its roots. There can be no one-size-fits-all approach to doing this, but here are some ‘good practice’ principles that can be applied when conducting a gender-sensitive conflict analysis:

Film - Navigating inclusion in peace processes

In this film, Accord authors Christine Bell, Yusuf Hassan, Deepak Thapa and Graeme Simpson discuss why inclusion matters for peace, and what you can expect from the publication.

Women mediating conflict

Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) is a network that connects women with a broad range of experiences - from mediating conflicts at the community level to formally mediating conflicts as part of official peace processes. In this film, members of the network discuss why Women Mediators across the Commonwealth is needed, and what makes this network so unique.

Inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in peacebuilding in Colombia

The final peace agreement signed in 2016 between the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionaries de Colombia (FARC) includes explicit measures for the inclusion and recognition of LGBT people. We spoke to Diana Garcia Salamanca about the important role of gender and sexual minority groups and individuals in the negotiation of the agreement, as well as the challenges which remain for LGBT peacebuilders.

Accord - Navigating inclusion in peace processes

Mar 2019
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There is a broad global consensus that inclusion matters in peace processes. The 2018 UN and World Bank report, Pathways for Peace, asserts that ‘addressing inequalities and exclusion’ and ‘making institutions more inclusive’ are key to preventing violent conflict. The challenges now are to strengthen that consensus and to better understand what inclusion in peace processes means in practice. Effective peace processes do not mean including all of the people all of the time but making informed decisions about who should be included in what and how.

Film: Community engagement in the Philippines

In the predominantly Muslim region of Western Mindanao in the Philippines, we are working with communities to resolve local conflicts, and strengthen relationships between them and local authorities.

Borderlands and peacebuilding

Nov 2018
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This fourth Accord Insight publication looks at peacebuilding in borderland regions and how peace and transition processes address the interests of borderland communities. It offers new ways of working with borderland communities and conflicts, highlighting how policymakers and peacebuilders can respond more effectively to conflict challenges at the border. This publication is an output of the Political Settlements Research Programme.