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Inspiring case studies and supportive policy initiatives on how to support sustainable development in post-conflict settings.
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New deal, old mess? Making the global goals work for the most fragile countries

New deal, old mess? Making the global goals work for the most fragile countries | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
do the SDGs – with their ambition to end poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030 – go far enough to acknowledge the complex set of challenges presented by LDCs, particularly those susceptible to violent conflict.
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This article highlights poses some fundamental questions about whether the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help close the "sustainable development gap" with the world's poorest countries.

One of the interesting observations made in the article is that SDG16 on peace-building "comes with many targets and very few 'means of implementation'.” Will the proposed 'New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States' that emerged out of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness provide a way forward? Or will it turn out to be just a set of good intentions that make no difference in the real world?

About the New Deal: http://www.pbsbdialogue.org/en/new-deal/about-new-deal/
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Webinar: Understanding and preventing modern forms of violence

Webinar: Understanding and preventing modern forms of violence | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

Webinar on Thursday 29 May 2014 10:00-11:00 US Eastern Daylight Time / 15:00 UK / 16:00 Europe

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Co-organized by LenCD and the World Bank Institute, the webinar will highlight key lessons from the 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development. A case study of interventions in Papua New Guinea, which have tackled gender and natural resource management issues linked to fragility, will also be explored. 

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Book launch - Justice and security reform: why donors struggle to engage informal actors | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Book launch - Justice and security reform: why donors struggle to engage informal actors | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
Justice and security reform have become key components of post-conflict peacebuilding efforts but tend to focus overwhelmingly on (re)building the state apparatus, despite the recognition that the majority of people, particularly in fragile...
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Contribution to Change video released! - Latest News Library - ECB Project

Oxfam, on behalf of the ECB agencies and in partnership with the University of East Anglia/OPM, has produced a guide that aims to provide one reliable and practical method for identifying the Contribution to Change achieved by external interventions in the recovery period following disasters. Oxfam has also produced a video to explain more about the guide.

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The guide is available in pdf format (here), with an accompanying video.

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Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential

Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 6 November 2013

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This report discusses how the management of natural resources can be used to enhance women’s engagement and empowerment in peacebuilding processes. Part I examines the relationship between women and natural resources in peacebuilding contexts, reviewing key issues across three main categories of resources: land, renewable and extractive resources. Part II discusses entry points for peacebuilding practitioners to address risks and opportunities related to women and natural resource management, focusing on political participation, protection and economic empowerme

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Can global development and local peacebuilding work together? - TransConflict

Can global development and local peacebuilding work together? - TransConflict | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
Can local peacebuilders become a crucial link between the international development industry and some of the most at-risk communities?
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There are increasing calls to include global targets on peace and security in the development framework that will succeed the Millenium Development Goals, from 2015 onwards. This article highlights the challenges, as well as possible entrypoints, for local peacebuilders to influence the discussions.

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African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants - Funds for NGOs

Proposals are invited for African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants offered under Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The deadline for applications is 1 February 2014.

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The goal of this program is to promote independent African research and analysis on peacebuilding in or near countries and regions affected by violent conflict on the continent. The program aims to contribute to the emergence of a critical mass of Africa-based expertise: researchers, analysts, and practitioners who will play an important role in the shaping of an Africa-centered peacebuilding agenda.

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Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery

Contribution to Change: An approach to evaluating the role of intervention in disaster recovery | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

Oxfam (on behalf of the ECB Project agencies) and in partnership with the University of East Anglia/Oxford Policy Management have produced a guide that aims to provide one reliable and practical method for identifying the ‘Contribution to Change’, the contribution an agency makes to changes to people’s lives in the recovery period following disasters.

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Fragile States, Fractured Media Systems: Double Trouble?

Fragile States, Fractured Media Systems: Double Trouble? | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
Happily, improving the lot of fragile states (no matter how they are defined) is an item that keeps racing up the agenda of international development. Sadly, however, when there is so much to repair to be done it is not always clear where to start.
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This blog post reviews a new publication from BBC Media Action exploring ways to improve media systems in fragile environments, with case studies from Afghanistan, Somalia, Kenya and Iraq that illustrate the challenges of (re)establishing shared identity in post-conflict situations.

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Kristalina Georgieva: Let's 'amplify the voice of goodness'

Kristalina Georgieva: Let's 'amplify the voice of goodness' | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

In this interview on the eve of the European Development Days 2013, Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, urged the international community not to forget crises that don’t make the headlines every day, and to “remain very open to the changing world and how we can accelerate change for the benefit of people who need help.”

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War and security, women and gender: an overview of the issues | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

War and security, women and gender: an overview of the issues | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
This article addresses the gender division of war and the significance of men and masculinity in processes of militarisation. Three phases of the continuum of war are considered.
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Leadership in crises: the launch | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Leadership in crises: the launch | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
Leadership is tested in times of crisis, when it is most needed. But how can leadership be fostered within aid agencies, governments and international organisations?
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This event will take place at the Overseas Development Institute on 8 July 2013 and will be streamed live.


The event will mark launch of the Centre for Post-crisis Leadership and Development (CPLD), with a discussion on the importance of leadership in humanitarian crises. Speakers will explore why emergency responses often lack a common strategy between local, national and international actors and the need for an adaptive approach to leadership in those responses and post-crisis development.


More information: http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3222-leadership-crises-launch

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This event will take place at the Overseas Development Institute on 8 July 2013 and will be streamed live.


The event will mark launch of the Centre for Post-crisis Leadership and Development (CPLD), with a discussion on the importance of leadership in humanitarian crises. Speakers will explore why emergency responses often lack a common strategy between local, national and international actors and the need for an adaptive approach to leadership in those responses and post-crisis development.


More information: http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3222-leadership-crises-launch

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Are the G7+ and Donors Heading for a Clash? | Fragile States Resource Center

Are the G7+ and Donors Heading for a Clash? | Fragile States Resource Center | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
The g7+ initiative offers a promising path forward for fragile states. The relationship with donors is crucial. Will it work?
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The concludes this analysis of prospects for the international partnership as follows:

"The international community should see itself as facilitators, conveners, technical advisers, and so on, but not as deciders of priorities and processes. They should be working on enhancing environments, capabilities, and resources available locally such that countries can work out their own solutions. The New Deal offers a path towards this goal, but it will only work if donors are sensitive enough and countries willing enough to each play their roles well. Otherwise, a clash between the two or a breakup is likely."

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Beyond the toolkit: supporting peace processes in Asia

Beyond the toolkit: supporting peace processes in Asia | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

Applying insights from the 'thinking and working politically' agenda to support peace processes in Asia, and beyond.

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From the abstract:

This is the fourth paper in the Working Politically in Practice series – initially launched under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Partnership (DFAT-TAF Partnership).


The new paper makes an important contribution to the current debate by providing an initial conceptual framing of the Foundation’s approach to peace support to capture knowledge about how conflicts end and the nature of post-conflict transitions, and outlining key insights on what flexible programming means in practice.


The case study posits that existing peace process support models do not reflect what we know about the nature of conflict, how it ends, and how peace processes are sustained and peace consolidated.


This new paper highlights a more politically-informed approach to supporting peace, including examples from the Foundation's activities in the Philippines, Myanmar and Nepal.

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Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Indonesia case study | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Indonesia case study | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

This paper identifies the barriers to, and opportunities for, more systematic engagement between humanitarian actors and the private sector, and puts forward practical measures to make collaboration more consistent and successful.

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How Disasters Disrupt Development: Recommendations for the post-2015 development framework | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Disasters have a devastating impact on development. Families lose homes, livelihoods and loved ones; communities lose businesses, jobs and services; children – particularly girls – miss school, and the list of impacts goes on.
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This joint agency briefing calls for a strong commitment in the post-2015 development framework to reducing the impact of disasters. The authors note that this requires concerted efforts to integrate disaster risk reduction across all the key policy frameworks; including the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action and a new international climate change agreement.

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Technology for Peacebuilding: an Online Database

Technology for Peacebuilding: an Online Database | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
The Build Peace Database aims to document crossovers between peacebuilding and new technologies around the world, focusing on communications, networking and gaming technologies.
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The information is organised in two ways: with a map of listed organisations and projects, and also through a extensive tables with a search filter to organise information. Listed projects include: PeaceTXT, an SMS mass campaign project for behavior change in Kenya; Crack in the Wall, a platform for conversation and engagement between Palestinians and Israelis using social media, and Connect Program, which links students from 27 countries around the world through a videoconferencing application.

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Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, Role-players, Policy and Practice - United Nations University

Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, Role-players, Policy and Practice - United Nations University | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

This book hopes to ignite an understanding of the particular processes required to develop a sustainable and cohesive post-conflict peacebuilding strategy within the African environment.

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Build Peace | Bringing peacebuilding practioners together

Build Peace | Bringing peacebuilding practioners together | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

The Build Peace Conference taking place in April 2014 in Massachusetts will bring together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. 


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The organizers invite contributions in the form of:

Ignite talks: an opportunity to showcase ongoing work as well as new, untested ideas.

Tech fair: an opportunity to show case a tool or project in greater detail.

More information at: http://howtobuildpeace.com/#get-involved

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Tomorrow's Peacebuilders 2013: meet the winners | Insight on Conflict

Tomorrow's Peacebuilders 2013: meet the winners | Insight on Conflict | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

In 2013, Peace Direct launched Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, a competition to find the best emerging local peacebuilding organisations in conflict-affected countries. We received 244 applications from 54 countries and we awarded four winners.

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Adaptation Forum 2013

Adaptation Forum 2013 | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
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Community, respect, trust, knowledge and climate smart development need to be at the heart and head of adapting to climate change. These were the messages from the inaugural session of the Adaptation Forum exploring visions for the future in the face of our changing climate. The forum was hosted by the Adaptation Committee, the UNFCCC body entrusted with promoting coherent adaptation action, at Warsaw’s Palace of Science and Culture.

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Implementing the New Deal in South Sudan « allafrica.com

Implementing the New Deal in South Sudan « allafrica.com | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

A speech by UK's ambassador to South Sudan at the Government-NGO Partnership Review conference in Juba on 19 November 2013

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The speech provides interesting insights on how an international initiative, the New Deal Compact, is being implemented in a post-conflict setting with the ultimate goal of rebuilding "the resilience of communities and government systems." 

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Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance

Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it

A pilot distance learning project to research how humanitarian workers learn and improve

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Please note that the deadline for applications is17 November 2013. The online course starts 18 November and finishes 16 December 2013 and is open to humanitarian staff and volunteers with at least one emergency operation experience. Register at: http://bit.ly/fact-eru

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10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development | Guardian Development

10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development | Guardian Development | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
From consulting local decision makers to using early recovery strategies, our live chat panelists offer their advice on how groups should co-ordinate best following a crisis
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Contesting the Role of Media in Fragile and Conflict Afflicted States

Contesting the Role of Media in Fragile and Conflict Afflicted States | Peace-building and post-conflict development | Scoop.it
Just last week, there was an international outcry over Burundi’s approval of a new media law that forbids reporting on matters that could “undermine national security, public order or the economy.”  A number of organizations...
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This piece published on the World Bank blog reviews a number of recent publications exploring the role of media in fragile environments. While an independent press is critical for fostering democracy and keeping governments and non-governmental actors accountable, the writer also notes that in fragile, post-conflict settings, an additional role for the media is to contribute to cohesion and strengthen the capacities of the state to govern. This has implications for support to media and democratization initiatives, she concludes, as "one size does not fit all."


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