Interview with Francesca Bomboko, g7+ focal point in the DRC

2014-05-16 - 4:42 pm

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Interview with Lancedell Mathews, NARDA

2014-05-16 - 4:37 pm

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The role of social services in peacebuilding: the Northern Uganda post-conflict experience

2014-05-08 - 9:49 am

By Alfred Avuni
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre

Peacebuilding by social services program is not about what is done, but how it is done!

Although there have been various conflicts in Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebellion against the Ugandan Government (1986-2006) was the most tangible, reported and destructive structured conflict in the country’s history, devastating lives, livelihoods and property. Up to 90% of the Acholi population were forced to live in internally displaced persons’ camps, and some were abducted as fighters or wives to the rebels. When a ceasefire was brokered in 2006, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were asked to return to their villages. 

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A praxis journey: peacebuilding, natural resource management and development actors

2014-05-06 - 3:32 pm

By Lancedell Mathews

The quest for peace in the world has taken nations and peoples down diverse paths – the paths of freedom and justice, the way of democracy and human rights, and the road of security and now natural resource management.

The lesson we are learning from these journeys is that the values of peace are overarching and must be reflected in local, national and international economics or politics, business and industry as well as the social and cultural everyday life of people everywhere. Natural resources and its ownership, use and how it is administered has for very many years now been called into question and the rich experience of how we have managed it in the past whether through ideas of imperialism, and colonialism, communism or capitalism and now natural resource management must be harnessed and used for promoting a peaceful world.

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No development without security: Re-adjusting priorities in external support to security sector reform

2014-05-05 - 7:40 pm

By Steffen Eckhard
Global Public Policy Institute

South Sudan, Africa’s youngest state and rich in natural resources, had the potential to be a success story. After the peaceful secession from Khartoum in 2011, there was initial political will to resolve remaining disputes between ethnic groups peacefully. However, not all were eager to share oil revenues. And the country remained under arms: military spending accounts for almost half of the state’s budget and 60 percent of all men carry guns. Although the 2011 peace plan foresaw an integration of militias in the new army, previous allegiances and old chains of command remained intact. In December 2013, President Kiir announced that he had headed off a coup led by his rival, the former vice president Machar. The army quickly disintegrated into its former ethnic blocks and South Sudan lurched into violence and upheaval with heavy fighting in Juba and oil blocks in the East. Until today, more than 20.000 have died in what experts see as a blow in the face of liberal statebuilding.

International assistance to security sector reform is about more than just improving security forces

South Sudan is now threatening to disintegrate. This is problematic for all those who have supported the country’s transition, be it due to economic interests, care for human rights and development or because they fear a lack of statehood in South Sudan might threaten their own security back home. A humanitarian military intervention can provide interim stability. However, South Sudan, as any other state, must eventually be able to sustain its internal and external security by itself. International support to security sector reform is about assisting a state to preserve such a course. Not only crisis countries are in need of security reform. As internal and external threats change, all states continuously reform their security institutions – often by learning from others.

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Welcome to the FriEnt PBF Voices Blog


The PBF Voices Blog is not solely shaped by us, the FriEnt team, it shall rather provide a space for conference speakers, participants and other interested persons to share ideas and insights on the future of peacebuilding policy and practice.

All posts relate to the multifaceted theme of the conference in its widest sense. Every article reflects the author’s personal opinion and captures his or her unique style.