Dear all,

Update: Click here for the follow up to this research post.

I am conducting research concerning advocacy and public action in peacebuilding with the Open University,
and am writing to ask if you or a colleague or contact would be able to spare 30 minutes to contribute. Anyone who has experienced advocacy in peacebuilding can contribute, and by advocacy I mean anything from small community-based organizations challenging armed forces, to literacy programmes enabling people to monitor services or demand rights, to organizational capacity-building, to being consulted by a bilateral agency such as DFID to inform their bilateral lobbying, and everything inbetween.

By collating a broad range of experiences and perspectives, I aim to assess whether locally-rooted peacebuilding can be supported at larger scales for a broader impact, and generate guidelines for large organizations regarding the use of locally-led peacebuilding. I feel this is a promising area, and I'd be extremely grateful if I could broaden my research with your experiences.

The research is entitled "Making space for peace: The interplay of power and public action in sustainable peacebuilding". It looks at how public action and advocacy interact with coercive power, legitimacy and the sustainability of peacebuilding
. In future research I hope to establish evidence of broader benefits.

Respondents can contribute via 25 minute on-line questionnaire or 35 minute interview, at any time during August or early September at the respondent's convenience. (If you can provide documents, I can pre-populate the questionnaire and give you a username and password, further reducing these times.) I will be conducting analysis with the assistance of my tutor Professor Liz Thomas during September, and distributing findings mid-October. I promise to respect the confidentiality of responses and, if desired, I'd be delighted to talk through or provide a summary report on the outcomes of my research.

The questionnaire is available on-line
now at , or please call or message me with any comments or queries, or to make arrangements.

Addendum: The questionnaire has now been translated into French. Please click here to enter the details of your programme (

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and to consider my request.

Yours sincerely
Chris Preager
Open University

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Dear Chris

Your research seems to be very interesting and timely. I cannot help you in this regard but I wish you all the best. I hope you get access to right people. If it is possible, then do share with us the work that you publish on this.
Best wishes...!!
I'm happy to help.
Dear Matthew King

Thank you very much indeed for filling out the survey. I'll be in touch with results in mid-October and will also post them here.

Kind regards
No worries. You might enjoy checking this out too. It's a series being published by Earthscan for the UN Peacebuilding Commission. I'm a contributing author, and the entire series would be highly valuable for you to check out.

SERIES TITLE: Strengthening Post-Conflict Peacebuilding through Natural Resource Management

VOLUME 6: Governance and Institutions – Confidence Building (edited by Carl Bruch)

Our Chapter Contribution:

ABSTRACT: Environmental Governance and Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Central America: The Case of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development 1990 - 2000

The Central American region has experienced relative peace and stability since violent conflicts ceased in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in the 1980s and 1990s. During that period, the wider US strategy in Central America was to end the revolutions in Nicaragua (a proxy war against communist Soviet Union), El Salvador (a communist ‘guerilla’ uprising), and Guatemala (a brutal civil war). Simultaneously, the US sought political and economic stability by supporting democratic transformation whilst identifying ways to integrate the Central American economies. The democratic transformations that ensued due to US support in this post-conflict context made it possible for countries in the region to work towards political and economic integration. Furthermore, regional integration included increased cooperation on environmental issues through nascent institutions such as the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), congruent with political and economic integration within the Central American System for Regional Integration (SICA). The CCAD’s development coincided with increased international attention toward environmental governance via the Rio Summit, World Parks Congress, and a number of other international regimes designed to address both environment and development issues on regional and global scales.

In this chapter, we demonstrate that the emergence of environmental institutions in the Central American region have led to new forms of collaborative governance for natural resource management, contributing towards continued peace and stability in the region. A case study focused on the emergence of the CCAD is used to elucidate the positive factors that have contributed toward peace and stability through natural resource management efforts. Conversely, we highlight the factors that have undermined stability in this post-conflict context. We argue that the rapidity of social and political change in the context of democratic and capitalist transformations combined with weak institutions, incongruent legal frameworks, and overlapping legal jurisdictions, territorial disputes, and trans-boundary resource issues have the potential to exacerbate tensions between states and within them. Future progress in trans-boundary natural resource management is largely dependent on strengthening existing institutions and designing new governance mechanisms that create opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between states, civil society, and the private sector. We conclude by suggesting an institutional arrangement that builds on the lessons learned from the CCAD, specific attention is focused on factors that depoliticize conflicts over the use and management of natural resources.

About the Series:

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
University of Tokyo, and Specialist Group on Armed Conflict and the Environment of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) Commission on Environmental Law collaborating on a volume focused on the role that natural resource management can play in facilitating the transition to peace in postconflict societies.

Published as case studies and thematic analyses in an edited volume, the objective is to identify the lessons learned in managing natural resources and how these lessons can further facilitate the transition to peace. The edited volume will seek to inform the work of the newly established UN Peacebuilding Commission, as well as other institutions working in this field.

Building and maintaining peace in fragile post-conflict societies frequently requires consideration of natural resources. Some conflicts have related directly to – or been fueled by – valuable natural resources such as timber or minerals. In many instances, old animosities can flare up over control or use of natural resources. Similarly, an inability to deliver key services (water, food, shelter, and other resource-dependent essentials for life) can destabilize fragile societies. Natural resource management can also provide an opportunity for confidence-building measures.

This project will highlight both successful and problematic examples, contrast the approaches and contexts of the various experiences, identify lessons learned across experiences, and develop a roadmap for next steps in strengthening post-conflict natural resource management. Some case studies may focus on particular issues (e.g., land tenure or delivery of water services) in a specific post-conflict context, while other case studies may examine the management of natural resources more broadly following a particular conflict. In addition, the volume will include chapters that examine cross-cutting themes, such as the role of natural resources in peace agreements, high-value natural resources (e.g., diamonds, oil, timber, gas), land tenure, water, and governance.)

Rocky Mountain Peace Institute, Boulder CO
This is an interesting perspective that I hadn't come across before, thank you. Particularly relevant to my research is the overlapping of different stands of advocacy and the need to identify the points of leverage in a given decision-making 'space'.
Sounds like an excellent initiative. you may be interested in some work we have done on health and peacebuilding and some "tools' we have produced. Here's an overarching link from which you can find links to related documentation. Might take time to download (apologies).

We continue to work with and develop these further and are applying them in different settings. If you have difficulties accessing these resources get in touch with me.

Health and Peacebuilding Filter -

The Health and Peacebuilding Filter can be applied to existing health projects or programs to guide revisions or modifications to enhance conflict sensitivity and health-related contributions to peacebuilding. The Filter is not prescriptive, rather, it can feed into an analysis of a project or program, and more importantly help guide planning and program development by:

* Identifying activities already applying peacebuilding principles;
* Drawing attention to where health-related activities might make matters worse (so these can be avoided); and
* Suggesting further actions and resources.

The Filter concepts are relevant and can be used in a variety of ways during the project cycle. We encourage users to adapt it for use in design, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Health and Peacebuilding Companion Manual

The Companion Manual is designed as a support document to the Health and Peacebuilding Filter. It provides further information clarifying principles and indicators within the Filter, as well as offering examples, resources, and opportunities for further action. Together, the two documents are useful in assuring that careful and purposeful design, planning, and implementation of projects and programs are carried out in order to avoid further grievances or worsening existing tensions.

The Filter and Companion Manual are valuable when considering both violent political conflicts which often involve armed groups, as well as local disputes, disagreements and tensions, and when thinking about how these manifest in the community. The Filter and Companion Manual have been field tested in a number of countries within the Asia-Pacific region (Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands). This process led to a number of modifications to make them more accessible to a range of users in different settings.

A number of papers have also been published related to aspects of the Filter and its applications, plus potential for further development. Please get in touch if this is of interest to you.

Prof. Anthony Zwi
University of New South Wales, Sydney
Sounds good,i am willing to participate.You might benefit from my exposure but its not guranteed...I like your approach...lets work towards that end.
Dear Mathew

Thank you, I'd be extremely grateful if you would participate - the research rests on incorporating a breadth of perspectives to find the outliers and test the causality of the relevant theory. To complete the questionnaire please click on - it should take no more than 20-25 minutes.

Kind regards,
Chris Preager
Dear friend,
Iam from Sri Lanka. we are past 30 years war .i was in battle work for community and armed force . I can help you.
contact me my email .
Best Regrades,
Dear Shanthi
I've sent you an email, thank you very much for contributing - yours would be a brilliant perspective to add to the research.
Kind regards
That sounds to be a very good research please contact me so that i can fill your tool over line
stay well
Dear Mizanda

Thank you for your comment, I would be extremely grateful if you would complete the questionnaire regarding a peacebuilding intervention you have experienced.

To complete the questionnaire please click on - it should take no more than 20-25 minutes.

Kind regards and thanks again,
Chris Preager


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