Research and Practice | April 25, 2014

Replacing Boko Haram with an “Attractive Revolution”

“Restarting this process of building mass literacy could be a good way to revitalize all of NEAZDP’s components, rebuild trust, resurrect peace, and open the door to other community-driven integrated development initiatives …. Carried out by and for the people, such initiatives would replace the slogan ‘education is bad’ with ‘education is good,’ and thereby begin to address the integrated problems of generations going back to the 1970s.”

Kaduna, Nigeria
Man walking down street in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
Mediation & Reconciliation | April 7, 2014

Post-Amnesty Reintegration and Peacebuilding Challenges in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region: The Way Forward

“Policies that are implemented for reintegration, if they are to be truly successful, must be linked to the security and human development of oil-based communities, which have suffered untold hardships and borne the major burdens of exploration, exploitation, and violence. Effectively and efficiently rehabilitating all ex-militants and fulfilling their specific needs without turning them into a privileged group within their communities remains a considerable challenge.”

Book Salesman on bridge in Oloibiri., Baylesa State, Nigeria.
Book Salesman on bridge in Oloibiri., Baylesa State, Nigeria.
Radar | March 21, 2014

Central African Republic Crisis: Conflating Form with Substance?

“As insecurity persists, the conflict complexes continue to feed contending networks on the CAR stage, which will add to the intractability of the current conflict. If peacebuilding initiatives are to be developed that give equal importance to statebuilding, everyday politics, and human security, a more thorough analysis of the conflict is needed that clearly distinguishes its form from its substance.”

People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport. The clinic treats hundreds of patients every day for problems such as malaria, respiratory infections, gunshot and burn wounds as well as helping mothers in labour. UNHCR / S. Phelps / December 2013
People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport.
Statebuilding & Security | March 12, 2014

South Sudan and the Complications of Peacebuilding through Statebuilding

“The struggle for power between factions at the center depends on building and undermining state institutions simultaneously—a process international assistance has not been able to rein in. The international technical support for state building appears overwhelmed by the dynamics of state formation, which is inherently political and often violent. Meanwhile, peacebuilding interventions are increasingly overshadowed by the urgency to build the state.”

Returnee boy at the UNHCR waystation in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan
Returnee boy at the UNHCR waystation in Torit (Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan).
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