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Employment and Decent Work in Fragile Settings: A Compass to Orient the World of Work

Author: Oliver Jütersonke and Kazushige Kobayashi, with Donato Kiniger-Passigli and Julian Schweitzer (2015)

Details: The report constitutes the final deliverable of a collaborative research project between the ILO and CCDP on employment and decent work activities in fragile settings. It benefitted from inputs from CCDP’s senior faculty members and associates, various ILO staff members, as well as from feedback received through stakeholder consultations and project-related events.

Abstract:  The report offers analytical orientation to make sense of fragility from the perspective of employment and decent work activities. Destined for practitioners across the world of work, it proposes a brainstorming instrument with which to swiftly zoom out from specific programming technicalities in order to capture the wider picture. The “fragility compass” is meant to complement a variety of existing, data-driven indexes and models by: (1) looking into the merit of the concept of fragility and its applicability with regard to interventions targeting employment and decent work; (2) exploring and elaborating on the factors and triggers that drive fragility in specific programming contexts, as well as on the possible range of employment and decent work interventions and collaborative responses these might require; and (3) providing analytical orientation as a quick, pragmatic brainstorming aid in the areas of employment and decent work in fragile settings.

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Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law: Plural security provision in Beirut

Authors: Souhaïl Belhadj, Chris van der Borgh (Utrecht University), Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam), Megan Price (Clingendael Institute), Nora Stel (Maastricht School of Management), Michael James Warren (Independent Consultant)

Details: Efforts to support or reform security arrangements in Beirut, and Lebanon more broadly, will need to contend with how current systems underpin and are underpinned by the political balance among Beirut’s main power brokers, namely, the key political parties. This paper explores plural security provision in Beirut, where multiple state and nonstate actors assert claims on the legitimate use of force.

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Reforming or Instrumentalizing Zakat? A Study of Palestinian Media Coverage

Author: Atef Abu Saif (2012)

Details: As part of the mandate given to the CCDP in relation to the publication of two detailed working papers on the zakat committees in the West Bank (Working Paper 5) and the Gaza Strip (Working Paper 9), the Centre commissioned a short media study purported to analyze how local journalists of different political leanings covered the issue of zakat committees and the contentious reform of 2007.

Abstract:  This study reviews the media coverage of the struggle over the zakat committees in the Palestinian media after the 2007 internal split. Indeed, the reforms introduced by the Ministry of Awqaf in the West Bank in December 2007 provoked a controversial discussion in the Ramallah and Gaza-based news outlets. The study shows that most of the media discussion was distorted by political points of view: editors did not manage to use an independent and critical tone to discuss the events.

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Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA): Madagascar

Authors: Oliver Jütersonke and Moncef Kartas (2010)

Details: The PCIA was mandated by UNICEF, with the support of the French and Norwegian Embassies in Madagascar. It was written in collaboration with Isabelle Dauner, Julie Mandoyan, and Christophe Spurk, and translated into French.

Abstract:  The PCIA maps the effects of foreign aid and development policies onto the factors driving conflict or supporting peace in Madagascar. The study delves into the effects of past, present and forthcoming development strategies on the various institutional, political, and economic dimensions of the country.The overarching aim of the PCIA is to provide stimulating material that can be incorporated into critical reflections over the way development projects are designed and implemented, with a long-term peacebuilding vision.

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Peacebuilding Fund Project in Burundi: Independent External Evaluation

Author(s): Susanna Campbell (2010)

Details: This independent evaluation was conducted in October and November 2009 by consultant and CCDP Research Fellow Susanna Campbell and two Burundian consultants. It evaluates Burundi's pioneering experience with the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) by assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of each project. It proposes recommendations to sustain the projects' results and consolidate the lessons learnt.

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Context-Sensitive Engagement: Lessons Learned from Swiss Engagement in South Asia for Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States
Context-Sensitive Engagement: Lessons Learned from Swiss Engagement in South Asia for Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States

Author(s): Thania Paffenholz Oliver Jütersonke (2008)

Details: Report prepared for the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Accra, 2-5 September 2008.

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Conference Reports


The Solutions Forum on SDG16+: Towards Implementation

This conference report summarises the proceedings and outcomes of the Solutions Forum on SDG 16+: Towards Implementation, held at Geneva’s Maison de la paix on 29-30 May 2017. The purpose of the Forum was to generate dialogue cutting across stakeholder communities in the conflict and violence prevention and reduction space.

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Arab Uprisings: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Socities in the Middle East and North Africa - Regional Workshop Consultation in Amman

This conference report summarises the conclusions of a workshop held in April 2012 in Amman (Jordan) within the framework of a new CCDP research project on “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)” launched in February 2012. This project aims to make systematic use of existing research knowledge to help strengthen the role and sustainable participation of civil society groups in the MENA region. The workshop was held in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Arab Reform Initiative, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

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States of Fragility; Stabilisation and the Implications for Humanitarian Actions

This report outlines the proceedings of a workshop held on 11-12 May 2010 at the Graduate Institute, in the framework of the CCDP research project "States of Fragility: The Consequences of Stabilisation for Humanitarian Action" coordinated by CCDP Research Fellow Robert Muggah.

Global and Local Governance in the Energy Sector: The Case of Oil and Mining

Workshop held on February 4-5th 2010 at the Graduate Institute, in the framework of the CCDP research project "Global and Local Governance in the Energy Sector: The Case of Oil and Mining" coordinated by Gilles Carbonnier.

Assessing the Effects and Effectiveness of UN Targeted Sanctions

The report outlines the proceedings of a workshop held on 1-3 October 2009 at the Graduate Institute, in the framework of the CCDP research project on "Evaluating the Impact and Effectiveness of Multilateral Targeted Sanctions" coordinated by Thomas Bierstecker.

Transforming Conflicts with Religious Dimensions: Methodologies and Practical Experiences

Editors: Simon Mason and Moncef Kartas

Details: This report summarizes the proceedings of a conference organized in Zurich in April 2009 in the framework of the "Religion and Politics: Initiatives and Applied Research" programme co-directed by the CCDP in Geneva and the FDFA-PD IV in Bern. The report provides a thorough presentation of the conference, the papers presented by the participants, and an example of the dialogue carried out by two participants. It offers a detailed analysis of the participants' conceptualization of religion and conflict and the impact that it can have on the approach to conflict resolution.

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Religion and Humanitarianism: Floating Boundaries in a Globalized World

Authors:  Michael Barnett, Dennis Kennedy, Janice Stein and Laura Thaut

Details: In October 2009, the CCDP convened an international conference gathering experts from humanitarian, non-governmental and academic circles, in the framework of the "Religion, Secularism, and Humanitarianism: Exploring Differences, Boundaries, and Connections" project led by research fellow Michael Barnett. The aim of the conference was to discuss a series of memos that are destined to be assembled in a forthcoming edited volume. The proceedings were subsequently synthesised in a CCDP report entitled "Religion and Humanitarianism: Floating Boundaries in a Globalizing World".

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3C Conference Report

Author(s): CCDP

Details: In early 2009, the Swiss Government convened a high‐level “3C Conference” in Geneva. Co‐convened with the UN, OECD, NATO and the World Bank, the objectives of the conference were to facilitate dialogue across different policy communities in an effort to build on international commitments to promote a more coherent, coordinated and complementary approach in fragile and conflict‐affected states. As a concrete step forward, the organisers sought to develop a “3C Roadmap” for consolidating whole‐of‐government and whole-of‐system initiatives and generating an impetus for their implementation. The CCDP was mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co‐operation (SDC) to provide conceptual support to the initiative, and write and publish a report.

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Project Briefs

CCDP Project Brief No.5: Tajikistan Dialogue Project

Authors: Moncef Kartas

Details: This project paper reviews the Tajikistan Dialogue Project, providing the reader with a concise overview. The paper features three main sections, beginning with historical background information placing the dialogue in its context. The second main section delineates the evolution of the project and achievements. It is divided into five subsections reflecting the main stages of the project. In the first two stages the dialogue was set up and so-called confidence-building measures were developed. The following three stages used a "dialogue through practice" approach to implement the previously developed ideas. Finally, the paper addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the project and the implications of these insights for future or ongoing initiatives conducted as part of the "Religion and Politics" programme.

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CCDP Project Brief No.4: The Swiss Egyptian NGO Dialogue Project (SEND)

Details: The issue brief explores the principal objectives and results of the SEND project through a review of the activities and outcomes reached during the four-year process. It also highlights the challenges faced by both NGOs and the ways found to overcome them.

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CCDP Project Brief No.3: The Islamic Charities Project

Authors: Benoit Challand and Emanuel Schaeublin

Details: The Islamic Charities Project (ICP) seeks to remove obstacles faced by bona fide Islamic charities, with a main focus on the occupied Palestinian territories. The CCDP brief seeks to highlight the evolution of the ICP since the conclusion of the Montreux Initiative. It offers a detailed account of the project rationale, its activities, and the lessons learnt from the process.

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CCDP Project Brief No.2: The Sri Lanka Dialogue Project

Authors: Moncef Kartas and Azar Eskandarpour

Details: The Sri Lanka Dialogue Project (SLDP) involves actors from the Buddhist clergy with members from the Tamil (both Muslim and Christians) communities, with the aim of rebuilding confidence after the conflict. The CCDP brief switfly describes the SLDP that falls within the "Religion and Politics: Initiatives and Applied Research" programme. It offers a background of the context that lead to the project, outlines the activities organized, and highlights the progress and challenges lying ahead for the Sri Lankan working group in the field.

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CCDP Project Brief No.1: The Swiss and Egyptian NGO Dialogue

Authors: Benoit Challand and Emanuel Schaeublin

Details: The CCDP has recently published a Project Brief highlighting the progress and results of the Swiss and Egyptian NGO Dialogue project. The project involves two faith-based NGOs, the Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS) and the Egyptian Zainab Afify's Organizations (ZAOs) in meetings and joint activities through the Diapraxis methodology; dialogue through action. The paper gives an overview of the project through a presentation of its rationale, the actors involved, and the activities set up since 2008. It also outlines the current dynamics, progress, and challenges faced by the actors and finally opens on the lessons learnt from the process.

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