Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Covid Collective

Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP)

28 April 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Peer Exchange
Designed in an interactive, participatory fashion, this format is all about engaging the audience. The focus is on mutual learning, e.g. by participants sharing lessons learnt and experiences with specific apraoches or tools.
Virtual Session 10

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

How can civil society best contribute to conflict management in the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected settings, despite (or thanks to) an ongoing pandemic? Whilst already active in Yemen and Libya’s fragile contexts, the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) expands its scope of work to Syria in collaboration with the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) of the University of Edinburgh over the course of 2021.

Can COVID-19 be seen as a tool of conflict or opportunity for peace in these contexts? How does one manage and build peace as civil society actors in countries with fragile and/or fragmented institutions and unsafe power structures? This session offers an opportunity for peer exchange among local peacebuilding practitioners and researchers in Syria, Libya and Yemen, sharing best practices and challenges met in their efforts for peace and sustainable development.


Abdullah El Hafi
Local Administration Councils Unit (LACU), Syria
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Dr Juline Beaujouan
Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP), Edinburgh
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Eyas Ghreiz
Independent researcher, Syria
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Maged Sultan
Youth Without Borders Organization for Development (YWBOD), Yemen
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Zorgh Madi
Tamazight Women’s Movement, Libya
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Peter van Sluijs
Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)
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