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By Willemijn Verkoren

Makes concrete suggestions for peacebuilders in conflict-torn nations to enhance skill development, organisational studying, study and networking in in the neighborhood acceptable methods. neighborhood non-governmental corporations in conflict-torn nations locate themselves in speedily altering conditions. This demands flexibility and the capability to profit. in the neighborhood acceptable how one can care for clash are wanted yet tricky to discover. Peacebuilders (the dove) face a variety of constraints as they strengthen and percentage their wisdom (the owl). in line with examine conducted mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the Philippines, The Owl and the Dove maps those parts as a way to learn how peace employees can turn into greater inexperienced persons. It will pay consciousness to exchanges with donor firms, wisdom associations and networks.The ebook makes concrete innovations for means construction, organisational studying, learn, and networking, in order that those actions might help triumph over structural inequalities and constraints, develop the educational means of peacebuilders, and increase the worldwide wisdom base for greater peace coverage and perform.

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These were won by Charles Taylor, who went from warlord to president. Low-intensity warfare continued, however, escalating around the turn of the century with the formation of new anti-Taylor groups, supported by the government of neighbouring Guinea. By the summer of 2003, Charles Taylor's government controlled only a third of the country. Monrovia was besieged by the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), whose shelling of the city resulted in the deaths of many civilians.

Pieces of peace Civil society and peacebuilding This chapter addresses the following questions in order to set the stage for the remainder of the book. In doing so the chapter aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role and place of NGOs in contemporary peacebuilding processes and the constraints which they face. This helps to contextualise the discussion of the knowledge processes of local peace NGOs that follows in the next chapters. • • • • • • What is the position of NGOs within civil society and vis-à-vis non-civil society actors?

Peacebuilding includes activities at various levels of society, or ‘tracks’. ‘Track One’ interventions aim at the leaders of the warring parties. Track One activities may include state diplomacy or high-level mediation to prevent or end warfare. Track One is largely the realm of states and international organisations, but NGOs are sometimes also involved. For example, the Carter Center of former US president Jimmy Carter has been involved in mediation activities at a high level in various parts of the world.

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