Free for all or freedom for all? Germany should leverage its position in world affairs to promote SDG 16

2017-06-22 - 3:00 pm

By Stanley Henkeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJRR), South Africa

It seems like the world is in free fall as peace has remained elusive for most people. Even stable democracies are experiencing their fair share of political instability. It would not be out of place to question the notion of a “free world.” Predictability has become problematic as voters defy, once reliable, exit polls in their political choices. It is ironic that in its quest for more stability and positive peace our choices have the exact opposite effect.

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Interview with Ivana Franović, Centre for Nonviolent Action

2015-10-12 - 11:59 am

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Linking justice and peacebuilding

2014-04-25 - 9:01 am

By Graeme Simpson

For more than 20 years, first as a student and anti-Apartheid activist, and then as a civil society contributor to building a new democratic South Africa, in my everyday work, I was constantly integrating the goals of building peace and reconciliation in my country, with the needs to address both past and future experiences of injustice. Whether by reference to torture and disappearances, or the seismic processes of race and class-based marginalization or dispossession - for practitioners - our engagements with peace, justice and development, were practically and necessarily indivisible… in part because ordinary people experienced them as such. However, in the subsequent ten years, working with international civil society organizations dedicated to either human rights or to peacebuilding - despite rhetoric to the contrary - I have encountered a sustained discomfort or lack of innovation and imagination in both fields, to practically integrating these social and programmatic objectives. 

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Just another day of unjust peace

2014-04-16 - 1:56 pm

By Nenad Vukosavljevic
Centre for Nonviolent Action, Serbia

No peace without justice?
Can there be justice after the loss of a human life?
How do we compensate for a lost human life?
How do we provide reparation for the life that has been lost?
What compensation or reparation would be appropriate and sufficient? What would be too little, and what would be too much?

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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.

Reflections from the FriEnt PBF 2018

Connect-reflect-create was the motto of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2018. In the aftermath of the conference we are asking some of the participants to reflect on key takeaways from the FriEnt PBF, to share their views on the changing landscape for peacebuilding and to look ahead: How should peacebuilding look like in 2030? Our aim is to learn from different perspectives: how to accelerate innovation in the peacebuilding field and how to strengthen our collective impact. You can find all videos and blog posts here.

Blog Series 2018: Shifting Priorities for Peacebuilding?

Ahead of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2018 we have launched a series of expert blogs exploring how the changing international environment affects the support for peacebuilding in different countries. What has changed in recent years? Where are common trends and challenges? What can we learn from each other? You can find all posts in this blog series here.