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28 February 2011
Violent conflict negatively impacts development. Peace processes – if conducted well – offer the promise of creating more equitable, resilient and developed societies. Yet such processes are politically, socially and psychologically complex, as well as high-risk. Many fail and such failure does harm by reducing confidence and increasing cynicism amongst conflict parties, citizens and international partners alike. International support can help a peace process to succeed, but its nature and quality matter greatly.
This publication makes seven recommendations to improve the quality of support provided by states and international organisations to peace processes. These recommendations have been drawn from an analysis of the characteristics of violent conflict today; ingredients for a successful peace process; and key strengths and weaknesses of existing support. This publication aims to help senior decision makers and policy experts to further improve the quality of international support to peace processes.
Chapter 1. Violent conflict and organised violence today
Chapter 2. What are ingredients for success in a peace process?
Chapter 3. Strengths and weaknesses of international support
Chapter 4. Recommendations to improve international support
Chapter 5. From recommendations to action: Country responses
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