Issue Briefs

 
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CCDP Briefing Paper: Main Results of 'Broader Participation in Political Negotiations and Implementations' Project 2011-2015

Author: Thania Paffenholz

Details: This Briefing Paper distills the findings of the project entitled "Broadening Participation" to find when, how, and under what conditions the inclusion of certain kinds of actors can work effectively. It offers an overview of the different modalities and contextual settings in which inclusion can take place as gives policy specific implications of its findings.

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CCDP Briefing Paper: Results of 'Civil Society and Peacebuilding' Project 2006-2010

Author: Thania Paffenholz

Details: This Briefing Paper presents the essential findings of the project entitled "Civil Society and Peacebuilding" that ran from 2006-2010 to find under what circumstances civil society can fulfil a peace supporting role. The findings give a better understanding of how and when civil society can have an influence, and what external actors can do to enhance positive effects on the quality and sustainability of peace processes.

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CCDP Briefing Paper: Results on Women and Gender from the 'Broader Participation' and 'Civil Society' Projects

Author: Thania Paffenholz

Details: Drawing on the cases both from the "Broadening Participation" and the "Civil Society" projects, this short briefing paper presents the most important findings in the area of women and gender. The paper demonstrates that substantial inclusion of women's groups is strongly correlated to successful and lasting political negotiations and peace processes. 

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Cairo Issue Brief: Civil Society in Transitions: Facing Current Challenges in Tunisia and Egypt

This Brief is part of an ongoing project entitled “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa” that aims to strengthen the role and sustainable participation of civil society groups in the MENA region during the consolidation phase of the current transitions.

Details: This issue brief identifies three main challenges hindering the participation of civil society in the ongoing transitions in Egypt and Tunisia. Discussing the reduction in the influence of civil society, the insufficient focus on people's economic and social needs and the limited effectiveness of foreign support, the brief makes various suggestions to improve civil society participation.

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Addressing Governance in 'Fragile States': A Role for Extractive Industries?

Authors: Gilles Carbonnier and Scott Jerbi

Details: How can extractive industries operating in resource-rich, developing countries most effectively contribute to ensuring that oil and mineral extraction achieves sustainable development outcomes? Beyond a baseline responsibility to ‘do no harm’, to what extent should companies be involved in strengthening public institutions and governance in fragile states? This CCDP Issue Brief focuses on these contentious issues, drawing on a few recent examples. It suggests that although many questions and challenges remain and deserve further scrutiny, the time has come for more coordinated and proactive corporate engagement in addressing deficiencies in public governance.

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Resilience: Conceptual Reflections (with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform)

Authors: Oliver Jütersonke and Moncef Kartas

Details: This Brief offers an overview of the ways in which the concept of resilience has been used in a variety of settings. It critically assesses the merits of applying the term to issues of peacebuilding, before posing a series of exploratory questions that may contribute to further discussion. This Brief was written in preparation for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform which focuses on the theme "Operationalizing Resilience in Peacebuilding Contexts: Approaches, Lessons, Action Points".

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Amman Issue Brief: Arab Civil Socities after the Uprisings: Challenges during Political Transitions

This report is part of an ongoing project entitled “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa” that aims to strengthen the role and sustainable participation of civil society groups in the MENA region during the consolidation phase of the current transitions.

Details: This issue brief identifies four main challenges hindering the participation of civil society in the ongoing transitions. Discussing the fragmentation amongst civil society actors, their organizational challenges, their engagement with the political sphere as well as with donors, the brief makes various suggestions to improve civil society participation.

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Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy: The Role of Private Actors

Authors: Azar Eskandarpour and Achim Wennmann

Details: This report explores the role of private actors in preventive diplomacy. It shows that private actors are often better placed than formal actors to engage preventively. The United Nations therefore has a tremendous resource base for preventive diplomacy that, if more widely explored, could become a significant contribution for long-term, in-country prevention programmes.

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The following three CCDP Issue Briefs were part of the multi-year research project on Economic Issues and Instruments in Peace Processes, supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The project sought to increase the evidence base on the role and management of economic issues in peace processes, and the issue briefs provided mediators with information about the practical opportunities and risks associated with the use of economic instruments in peace processes.All outcomes of this project feature in 'The Political Economy of Peacemaking', the first monograph of the new CCDP book series on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding published by Routledge in 2010.

   
CCDP Issue Brief No.1: Income Sharing From Natural Resources

Author: Achim Wennmann

Details: This Issue Brief explores the opportunities for peace mediation provided by the presence of natural resources and income sharing arrangements. It offers a swift analysis of the role and impact of the presence of natural resources in conflict resolution through illustrative cases.

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CCDP Issue Brief No.2: Development Assistance

Author: Achim Wennmann

Details: This Issue Brief explores benefits of development agencies and assistance for peace mediation. It gives a swift analysis of the role of such agencies in both conflict-affected and post-conflict situations through illustrative cases.

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CCDP Issue Brief No.3: Private Sector Investment

Author: Achim Wennmann

Details: This Issue Brief explores the role of Private Sector Investment (PSI) and firms responsible for investment decisions in conflict-to-peace transitions. It suggests that PSI can be an enabler of peace by offering incentive to stop fighting and focus on stability. The brief offers illustrative cases to highlight the argument.

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