Programme 2021

The programme of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021 includes interactive virtual sessions hosted by the FriEnt members and their national and international partner organisations (27–29 April 2021) as well as plenary sessions (5–6 May 2021) debating innovative approaches to current peacebuilding challenges. All times indicated in the programme are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).

27 April - Day One Virtual Sessions

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track I

Mining for Peace? - Strategic Partnerships in DRC for Sustainable Development and Peace

Virtual Session 1Act

Hosts: Brot für die Welt, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Service d’Appui au Dévéloppement Régional Intégré (SADRI)

Together as peace workers in multiactor-partnerships it is possible to find common grounds and harness divergent positions, interests, needs and forge more just relationships. Examples from DRC show what can be achieved together.

Spoilers or Legitimate Interlocutors? Engaging Religious Actors in Peacebuilding

Virtual Session 2Relate

Hosts: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Misereor

A discussion on the role of religion in peacebuilding: Which advantages do religious actors and institutions have? When are they legitimate partners? How to deal with challenges like ethnoreligious nationalism and hate speech? 

The EU and Conflict Prevention – What Next After the German Presidency?

Virtual Session 3Act

Hosts: European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

What has been achieved by the 2020 German Presidency to enhance the EU’s contribution to building sustainable peace? And how can Germany and civil society help sustain these efforts and move forward?

How Fighting Terrorism Can Harm Civil Society Peace Building and What We Can Do Against It

Virtual Session 4Translate

Hosts: Brot für die Welt

Anti-terrorism measures linked to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) often restrict civil society organisations. However, civil society can get actively involved with the FATF procedures to prevent restrictions.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track II

Countering Hate: Identifying Gaps and Synergies in Prevention Efforts in Europe

Virtual Session 6Translate

Hosts: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) with the support of GAAMAC, Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

This interactive online workshop will aim to bring together relevant stakeholders engaged in prevention at local, national and European levels to explore what is needed to strengthen effective prevention efforts in Europe.

COVID-19 and Local Peacebuilding – Working on Peace and Development in Challenging Times

Virtual Session 7Translate

Hosts: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, local peacebuilders assumed a heavy burden in facing new challenges and needs. What are the implications of the pandemic on peace and development and what should be done (better)?

How to Contextualize Digital Tools for Peacebuilding?

Virtual Session 8Relate

Hosts: Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

The use of digital tools in peacebuilding demands a context-specific selection and adaptation of these (often) new instruments. What are the specific requirements for context-sensitive digital tools in service of peacebuilding?

28 April - Day Two Virtual Sessions

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track III

Only the Young – Youth Empowerment and the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Virtual Session 9Relate

Hosts: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

This session lets the young tell their stories and takes into account the recent challenges that young people and experts alike have faced and continue to face in the field of in the field of PVE and peacebuilding.

Channeling Local Realities – Civil Society and Power Structures in Syria, Yemen and Libya

Virtual Session 10Translate

Hosts: Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), Covid Collective, Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP)

How can civil society contribute to conflict management in fragile settings, despite Covid-19? Local peacebuilding practitioners & researchers will share best practices and challenges in pursuing peace and sustainable development

Securing Development, Developing Security? Security Assistance, Arms Exports and Do No Harm Reconsidered

Virtual Session 11Translate

Hosts: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Misereor

Military and police assistance to partner governments in fragile and weak states seems to be en vogue again. The event will question some of the key assumptions of international train missions and propose policy alternatives.

DEEP DIVE: Social Media and Peacebuilding – Challenges and Opportunities I

Virtual Session 12Relate

Hosts: Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (SRP)

Social media can play a corrosive role in the dissemination of hate and incitement to violence – but it can also contribute to positive change. How can we approach these challenges and use social media as a tool in peacebuilding?

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track IV

DEEP DIVE: Social Media and Peacebuilding - Challenges and Opportunities II

Virtual Session 12 Relate

Hosts: Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (SRP)

Social media can play a corrosive role in the dissemination of hate and incitement to violence – but it can also contribute to positive change. How can we approach these challenges and use social media as a tool in peacebuilding?

Diffusing the Urban Time Bomb: Integrating Approaches to Build Peace in the City

Virtual Session 13

Hosts: Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP)

Many cities are grappling with the challenge of social exclusion and violence. Experiences and practice to prevent and reduce social friction exists in separate professional fields. How can they be better integrated?

Sleeping Giant or Roaring Dwarf? What Role for the EU in It’s Eastern Neighbourhood?

Virtual Session 14Relate

Hosts: Brot für die Welt, Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA, KURVE Wustrow, Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management, YMCA Europe, Armenia

The 2020 Karabakh-war caused a humanitarian crisis and insecurity for the local people at the doorstep of the EU. How can the EU and the German government contribute to building and maintaining peace in their Eastern Neighborhood?

Conflict Prevention in Fragile Contexts: The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

Virtual Session 15Relate

Hosts: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF)

How to ensure a focus on conflict prevention in fragile contexts? How do humanitarian, development and peace actors work together in the field? – What can we learn from practical experiences at country level?

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track V

Weaving Peace – Networks for Peacebuilding in Exchange

Virtual Session 16Relate

Hosts: Civil Peace Service (CPS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berghof Foundation

The peacebuilding field counts with many networks, both longstanding and nascent. Exchange, joint learning and joint actions, as focused on in the “relate” cluster, do mark these networks’ functions. Starting with input from three networks from Colombia, Germany and South-East Asia, we will discuss potentials and limitations of networking for peace.

Gender, Climate and Natural Resource Management: Opportunities for Peacebuilding

Virtual Session 17Translate

Hosts: UN Women

This session will explore the gender dynamics in the context of climate change and natural resources management in conflict-affected countries, and reflect on opportunities for peacebuilding through women’s empowerment and enhanced participation in political and economic spaces related to natural resource management.

Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding

Virtual Session 18Relate

Hosts: Berghof Foundation, United States Institute for Peace (USIP)

Based on recent research and training material, the session will discuss areas for collaboration between peacebuilding organisations and local grassroots movements waging nonviolent campaigns for peace, human rights and democracy.

Transitional Justice and Prevention: Contributions and Challenges

Virtual Session 19Translate

Hosts: International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

This session will address the relationship of transitional justice to prevention. Targeted at policymakers in peacebuilding and development, it draws on the experiences of Colombia, Germany, and Sierra Leone.

29 April - Day Three Virtual Sessions

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track VI

Increased Political Participation of Multiple Discriminated Women in Sudan

Virtual Session 20Act

Hosts: Bana Group for Peace and Development, Sudan, Civil Peace Service (CPS), KURVE Wustrow

Marginalized Sudanese women advocating on involvement of multiple discriminated and excluded groups in the transformation processes currently taking place in Sudan as well as vis-à-vis international actors.

Environment of Peace – Towards Just and Peaceful Transitions

Virtual Session 21Relate

Hosts: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Climate change and environmental degradation are already impacting peace and security in diverse ways. This session, aimed at peacebuilding experts, will focus on the change needed to transition to green economies. It is fraught with risks, but it also offers many opportunities to contribute to more peaceful, sustainable societies.

A Double Challenge for Peacebuilders: Exploring the Vicious Circle of Corruption and Conflict

Virtual Session 22Relate

Hosts: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

This session will explore the complex system of corruption and violent conflict and identify opportunities for peacebuilders to address the conflict-corruption system and support anti-corruption measures.

Jobs for Peace - What Does It Take?

Virtual Session 23Relate

Hosts: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Alert, Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

Economic development is an important basis for peace and jobs are an important part of this economic development. But job creation alone does not automatically lead to peace. What does it take to deliver positive results?

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Sessions Track VII

Business and Peace - A Partnership for Making Money and Making Peace?

Session 23Translate

Hosts: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Alert, Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

Economic development is important for peace. But the link between economic action and peace building is not automatic. Can we develop “win –win situations” where businesses can make money and contribute to peaceful societies?

Influencing Local Peacebuilding Policies through Polylateral Political Dialogues – The Case of Sierra Leone

Virtual Session 24Relate

Hosts: International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS)

How are polylateral partnerships best structured to ensure an inclusive and resilient peacebuilding response to the tensions due to COVID-19? The IDPS response to C-19 - jointly improving national cohesion and sustainable peace.

Financing for Peacebuilding for Youth

Virtual Session 25Translate

Hosts: UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)/ Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women

Why is investing in youth so critically important and what more can we do to encourage financing for peacebuilding? How do we support movements, driven by young women and men in support of more just and peaceful societies?

'Both Feet on the Ground': Innovation at the Nexus of Peacebuilding and Human Rights

Virtual Session 26Translate

Hosts: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation , Interpeace, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)

An interactive round-table discussion of practioners, scholars and policy makers, reflecting on innovative practice, collaboration and problem solving at the intersection of peacebuilding and human rights.

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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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