TransConflict is pleased to present the fourth Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT) newsletter, showcasing the work of the GCCT and its members.
TransConflict is pleased to present the fourth bi-monthly newsletter, which provides a host of insights into the work of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation (GCCT) and its members. The main purpose of this newsletter is to a) share information about the work of the GCCT and its members to a wider audience, and b) to strengthen co-operation and co-ordination between GCCT members themselves and with other interested parties.
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1) New members of the GCCT
The GCCT was pleased to welcome a host of new members in the past several months, including (click on the links below for further information):
- a) Organization for Intra-Cultural Development (OICD) – Japan – creates and disseminates tools and interventions that utilize the structure and workings of identities to transform conflict and build cohesion. Recent advances in the social, behavioral, political and neurological sciences demonstrate that identities are complex systems that operate within their own internal parameters and mechanisms. Understanding and targeting processes within these culturally-determined identities (intra-culturally) unlocks the potential to target destructive identities and regenerate cohesion between individuals and communities.
- b) Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) – Kashmir – drawing upon various faith-based traditions to promote consensus with regards to peacebuilding at the grass root level, KIIR works to develop a cadre of next-generation Kashmiri leaders who are committed to transforming the political, social and spiritual dynamics of the region through faith-based reconciliation.
- c) Centre of Management and Promotional Support (CEDAP Asbl) – Democratic Republic of Congo – aims to promote a spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, whilst stimulating cooperation among people and local authorities towards securing peace and integral development.
2) GCCT Members in Focus – United For Peace Against Conflict International – Ivory Coast
Each edition we will showcase a different member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. This edition’s featured organization is United For Peace Against Conflict International from the Ivory Coast.
3) GCCT Insight and Analysis
This section provides an overview of the insight and analysis produced by members of the GCCT on a variety of conflict and conflict transformation related topics (click on the links below to read the entire article):
- a) Empowering the forgotten heroines of peacebuilding – the Somali Women – Tazoacha Francis – Women have played an indispensable role in conflict transformation and peacebuilding in Somaliland, despite a lack of recognition and marginalization from formal peacebuilding efforts in the country. Mainstreaming these women into formal peacebuilding efforts – empowering them domestically and building upon key UN resolutions – will go a long way to building everlasting peace in Somaliland.
- b) Integrating Somali women into peacebuilding processes – Tazoacha Francis – Despite the great strides they have been made in cementing peace in Somalia, women remain marginalized from such processes. As such, the forgotten heroines of peacebuilding need to be further empowered to play a greater role in conflict transformation.
- c) R2P and International Law – Gerard M. Gallucci – The responsibility to protect is an international responsibility and not the exclusive burden of any one country, not even the US. But the use of force now or at any time should be left to the Security Council to decide. President Obama should now earn his Noble Peace Prize by scrupulously following international law. There is no reason for the US to act as an outlaw just because Assad has.
- d) Impact of ‘high value resources’ on communities in Eastern Africa – Kisuke Ndiku – As new high-value resources are discovered and exploited in East Africa, what is the impact on local communities and the potential for local-level conflict?
- e) Syria and a possible UN approach to chemical weapons – Gerard M. Gallucci – The UN would likely play a key role in verifying and overseeing an effort to put Syria’s weapons under international control. But the UN Security Council can only work if the two remaining superpowers put their backs into it.
- f) Taksim – a protest like no other – Spyros A. Sofos – The messages conveyed by the popularity of the AKP and the vibrancy of the ongoing protests are unambiguous: the contradictions of Turkish society call, not for political and social polarization, but for the search of a modus vivendi, one that needs to be painstakingly invented and continually recalibrated, based on democracy, tolerance and compromise.
- g) From YouTube to Jihad – Balkan volunteers in Syria – Vladimir Ninković – Even though conservative Islam is not much appreciated among the liberal and secular Bosniak and Albanian communities in the Western Balkans, radical groups show an increasing online and real-life presence.
4) GCCT Research and Activities
Advanced Professional Training Programme
The International Peace and Development Training Center is recruiting expert professionals, policy makers and practitioners for its upcoming Advanced Professional Training Programme for UN agencies, governments and national and international organisations. IPDTC’s programmes have been ranked by participants and their agencies as amongst the most professional, intensive and high quality in their field. They provide participants with the opportunity to train together with an exceptional group of experts and practitioners from around the world, coming from governments, community-based, national and international organisations, military and security forces, donors and others.
Upcoming October-November Programmes (click on the links for further details):
- a) Making Peace Processes Work: Advanced Mediation and Peacemaking in Complex, Challenging and Intractable Conflicts – Executive Leadership Programme, 14-16 October, London – Facilitated by an expert practitioner in mediation, peace processes, prevention and post-war peace consolidation, the programme will assist those involved in mediation and peacemaking efforts – before, during or post-war – to address key challenges and explore practical ways of improving the quality and results of their mediation and peacemaking processes.
- b) Making Prevention Work: Improving Operational and Strategic Effectiveness in the Prevention of Armed Violence, War and State Collapse – 17-19 October, London – Addresses operational, structural and systemic approaches to prevention drawing on actual cases and identifying practical methodologies and approaches that can be used to prevent deadly conflicts and violence and strengthen capacities for prevention.
- c) Advanced Training of Trainers: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation: Collaborative Approaches to Diversity in Conflict Settings – 18-22 November, Cluj-Napoca, Romania – prepares practitioners, policy makers and international peace and development workers to engage as trainers in conflict and development settings by effectively responding to the challenges of diversity in such settings and managing differences as a value.
- d) Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding and Peace Support Operations – 25-29 November, Cluj-Napoca, Romania – helps agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilization and recovery to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programs – including crisis management and prevention, peacebuilding, social, economic and political stabilization, reconciliation in divided communities, and post-war recovery, rehabilitation and development.
Participants coming upon the GCCT’s recommendation benefit from a 15% discount of the full fee.
5) GCCT Declarations
This section provides an opportunity for GCCT members to raise awareness about particular advocacy and lobbying campaigns they are pursuing.
This edition, a recently-launched petition raises concerns about the gradual escalation of tensions at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, warning that violations of the ceasefire that has been in place since 2003 as part of an agreement between India and Pakistan have adversely affected the lives of people in the disputed region.