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Partnership in peacebuilding

May 2018
This report offers insights and lessons from Conciliation Resources' own practice and approach to partnering. It is part of a study into how partnership between international non-governmental organisations and civil society organisation and networks in conflict-affected contexts can support inclusive and transformative peacebuilding. Our research explored the rationale and assumptions behind Conciliation Resources’ partnering approach and looked at how these play out in practice.

Moving forward with peace: post-agreement mediation support

This month, a meeting of the global Mediation Support Network explored the roles mediation and mediation support can play, once a peace agreement has been signed. Felix Colchester outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for mediation in this phase of a peace agreement.

Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Peace in Times of War

On 25 January 2014 the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict which originated in 1968. Kristian Herbolzheimer explains the origins of the conflict, details the innovations that led to the deal, outlines the ramifications of the deal itself, and warns that lessons need to be learnt to ensure that the implementation of the agreement is effective.

BBC World News interview: historic peace deal signed in the Philippines

Emma Leslie, Philippines Programme Associate, talks to BBC World News about the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and discusses the importance of effective implementation for the sustainability of the peace agreement.

Central African Republic: Peace talks without talks. A new model of perpetuating violent conflicts?

In January 2013 it took just three days for the Seleka Coalition and the Government of the Central African Republic to reach a peace agreement. Kennedy Tumutegyereize and Nicolas Tillon of Conciliation Resources' East and Central Africa programme analyse what the prospects are for sustainable peace without wide public participation.

Philippines breaks out of the conflict trap

The Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached a Framework Agreement that puts an end to one of the most protracted armed conflicts in the world. Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie praise a peace process characterised by perseverance, innovation and creativity, but warn that implementation of the Agreement is a complex and fragile process.

Mediating peace: From prestige to participation

Mediation is often seen as a high-powered business – a skilled broker using his powers of persuasion and diplomacy to bring together warring parties. Reflecting on the recently published UN Guidance for Effective Mediation, Zahbia Yousuf suggests that a focus on quality and process is in order.

United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation

Sep 2012
The United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation was issued as an annex to the report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (A/66/811, 25 June 2012).

Recommendations for the UN's report on peacebuilding

Jul 2012
Conciliation Resources has submitted reflections and recommendations to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, which is leading the development of the UN Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding in the Aftermath of Conflict.

Policy brief – Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon

Jul 2012
A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend. This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 24 and sets out 10 priorities for change.

Promoting public participation in peacemaking: recommendations for action

Feb 2003
This paper, produced by Conciliation Resources' Accord programme in 2003, contains recommendations for promoting public participation in peacemaking.

Presentation by Celia McKeon at the Public Forum on Armed Groups in Peace Processes

Sep 2005
In these notes from a presentation by Celia McKeon, she emphasises the importance and value of civil society engagement with armed groups.