Challenges of peacebuilding for “transforming our world”

2015-10-29 - 2:06 pm

By Cornelia Ulbert
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

After two days of intense debates at the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum let me act as a kind of sounding board resonating some of the points we were talking about. In my reflections I would like to focus on five issues: the nature of violent conflicts; the state and its relationship with civil society; visions and motivations to act: the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); institutional silos and organizational entrapments; and peacebuilding “beyond aid”.

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Interview with Evalyn Monyani, Catholic Diocese of Malindi, Kenya

2015-10-12 - 3:38 pm


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Education and trust building. Remarks from a Sri Lankan experience

2015-09-28 - 1:18 pm

By Rüdiger Blumör
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Sri Lanka

„During the war“, I was told in the east of Sri Lanka, „we used to open our mouth only to eat”. In wartime trust becomes a question of life and death. Mistrust is a good advisor for survival, instead.

If we view the war in Sri Lanka as something that stretched from 1983 to 2009 we will face an account of insurgency and counterinsurgency, interrupted by successions of more or less unsuccessful attempts to broker a political solution. Education has a position of high esteem in Sri Lanka because it is seen as the instrument for social advancement per se. As part of insurgency and counterinsurgency strategies education played a crucial role to “win hearts and minds”. What was at stake in many areas was not so much an absence of state institutions, but an excess of such structures because the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was keen to exhibit its own state-like capacities to the people. In consequence the state and the LTTE competed in winning hearts and minds and building trust.

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Trust building in a post-conflict society: the case of Somaliland

2015-09-23 - 8:28 pm

By Mohamed Farah Hersi
Academy for Peace and Development, Somaliland
 

Somaliland, which was under British colonial rule from 1884 to 1960, became an independent state on 26 June 1960. Four days after its new-found independence Somaliland unconditionally unified with the Italian colonised Somali territory of the South. The unification of these two Somali territories was due to a Pan-Somali nationalistic ideology aimed at bringing ethnic Somalis of all former colonised territories together under one Somali state.

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Strengthening constructive state-society relations in fragile and post-conflict situations. Some important considerations from Colombia

2014-05-28 - 6:40 pm

By Lina María García
Grupo Postconflicto - Departamento Nacional de Planeación, Colombia

Nowadays, in Colombia it is necessary to rethink how to transform and generate new kinds of relationships between the state and the (civil) society, not only for the post-conflict stage but to facilitate and make possible the peace dialogues and conversations taking place in Cuba.

Colombian society is very divided and polarized around peacebuilding topics, even before an eventual post-conflict scenario. For example, the current dialogue process (Government-FARC) does not have the acceptance and support from the society as a whole. The protracted armed conflict has generated a social adaptation to war, a situation that makes some social groups believe that keeping the armed conflict that mainly affects the rural and isolated areas is more feasible and acceptable than achieving peace in the whole country (see also James Robinson, 2013).

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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.

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