The PCDN invites you to submit questions for the second interview with key practitioners and scholars within the peace-building and development field. Please write your question(s) in the comment field below, by Monday 24th October 2011 at 8pm EST. All questions will be reviewed and selected based on popularity or relevancy. The full transcript of the interview, with answers to your questions, will be posted on the forum as of Monday 31th October 2011.
Joelle Golmann is the Secretary General of PeaceWorks Sweden, one of the fastest growing non-profit peace organizations run by youth for youth. Peaceworks Sweden aim is to canalize young people’s engagement for peace by offering practical tools and platforms. Through volunteer exchanges and peace projects, young people are given the opportunity to participate, influence and create an understanding for local and global contexts, on their own terms. Joelle has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science with focus on International Crisis Management and civil-military relations. She has previously worked as a volunteer at ECPAT in Colombia and Project Together Nablus in the West Bank. Since she started at PeaceWorks Sweden in 2007 the organization has grown from 300 members to 4500 members. This year PeaceWorks Sweden is running the biggest Swedish anti-racist organizational cooperation project called Sprid, which gathers around 30 non-profit organizations and networks.
For more information about the organization, please follow this link: http://www.iku.nu/welcometopeaceworkssweden
1. Can you give us a brief bio about yourself and how got into the field?
2. What ethics guide your work?
3. How do you maintain a balance between work and personal life?
4. What do you see as the upcoming growth areas in the field in the next 10 years?
5. What gaps do you think need to be addressed in the peace-building and development fields?
6. What challenges do you face in your work and at your organization?
7. What makes your organization unique? What kind of frameworks do you normally use?
8. There has been a shift towards improvement of collaboration and information sharing between organizations and across sectors, how does your organization collaborate with other organizations that are working on similar efforts?
9. What other organization or practitioner’s work do you look up to and why?
10. What book(s) is a must-read for people interested in this field?
11. In your opinion, what traits and skills make someone in this field successful?
12. Do you have any advice for people or students who want to pursue a career in the field?
13. Question submitted by PCDN members
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15. Question submitted by PCDN members
If you had to select one training programme to recommned to all peace workers which would it be?
With the ever-changing causes and nature of conflicts the world over, what basic principles and tools must practitioners in peace and development work be equipped with?
How do you define peace, on the basis of which you are engaged in your professional work?
What kinds of issues is your organization concerned with and working on? Does your organization engage in concrete work to solve concrete pressing issues in different parts of the world? Please provide illustrations. Cite and discuss case studies of your work for peace, both (1) success and (2) failure. What are the best practices/ What lessons can we learn?
In your work at your organization, does ethnicity matter? Is there an ethnic component in your work in your organization? In other words, are all your co-workers white?
Where does your organization get its funding? What percentage of the budget goes to administration, services, and programs, etc.?
Thank you for considering my questions.
What do you think will drive people to entire peace to be attained globally?
The first question has two parts and relates to #5 and #8 above:
1. A criticism to the current paradigm in post-conflict reconstruction is the lack of efficient and effective communication among the involved parties (i.e. UN specialized agencies, national NGO's, I.O.'s etc.). These enmities can, and have, obviously lead to a hinderance in the peacebuilding process. What practices are being utilized to improve these conditions between participating parties, and/or what theoretical framework is being applied?
Also, regarding interactions and relationships between participating parties in the peacebuilding process, what does your organization view as being the "correct" balance between high-level players (donor governments, etc) and other low to mid-level players (community and religious leaders, local businesses, other NGO's, etc.), and how is this current gap being bridged?
2. It seems the same argument presented in most articles and books is what the correct steps there are to take in post-conflict situations and, also, in what order to take them (i.e. Security/demilitarization/public security, political reconstruction, justice & human rights, economic and social recovery, etc.) As briefly as possibly, what does your organization suggest as being the "correct" steps to take and in what order?
3. Creating sustainable peace is not a short-term process, and there are clearly no quick-fix strategies. With that said, it seems that dealing with trauma victims (through understanding the basis of the conflict) would be key in rebuilding a society with long-lasting peace. However, in more cases than not, the endeavor to placate the insidiously difficult knots in which traumatized victims are tied in seems to be overshadowed by other, more "important", aspects (see above steps). My question is, how does your organization view the importance of dealing with traumatized victims, and what efforts are being made in doing so (i.e. teaching tolerance, etc.)?
4. Scholars and Practitioners both undoubtedly play an important role in the peacebuilding process. In your personal and professional opinion, which role has the greatest impact in creating sustainable peace?
One last question:
5. How does globalization impede AND attribute to the peacebuilding process?