Peter van Sluijs

Senior Strategist at Cordaid and Coordinator of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Blog Series 2021: Forging Partnerships for Sustainable Peace

How can we build efficient and inclusive partnerships for sustainable peace? Our PBF Voices Blog series entails pointed, (self-) critical, subjective and opiniated remarks on the current opportunities and challenges in peacebuilding. Where are the gaps? How can we strengthen our efforts further?

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the author(s) and do not reflect those of FriEnt.

Diversity in Peacebuilding – A Blessing or a Curse?

Interview with Peter van Sluijs, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)
26 April 2021

Peter van Sluijs, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), discusses the possibilities and challenges in transforming our society co-creatively towards peace.

What kind of partnerships are needed for the inclusive implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? Van Sluijs highlights that a transformative systems change is required to counter the shrinking of civic space and instead implement bottom-up approaches to sustainable peacebuilding. It is therefore essential to move away from the traditional donor-recipient narrative and develop inclusive partnerships that are based on mutual trust and responsibility. Van Sluijs stresses that transformative change can only be reached when the voices at the local level are put at the centre of SDG implementation.

The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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