Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I'm a peacebuilding/development/social policy researcher and practitioner, currently studying how various conflict-sensitive community mobilisation strategies (including Appreciative Enquiry and other asset-based participatory development models) impact communities that are experiencing or recovering from violent conflict, especially when these models are incorporated into programmes funded by international donors. My background includes 10+ years as an educator, NGO programme administrator and humanitarian aid professional, focusing particularly on resettled or repatriated refugee families.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Central and South Asia (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan), USA, UK
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Postgraduate Student, London School of Economics
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Communication, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Integrated approaches to post-conflict development (peacebuilding + livelihoods + gender), social reintegration of displaced communities, applications of complexity & systems theory in post-conflict community mobilisation, post-religious/secular vs faith-based peacebuilding & development programs
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Chen, E., and Jalalzada, M. (2008). “Perspectives from the Field: On Gender and Community Peacebuilding in Rural Afghanistan.” Peace Prints: Journal of South Asian Peacebuilding, Vol.1, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, New Delhi, India. http://www.wiscomp.org/peaceprints.htm
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The best political solution to address the problems faced by various sections of the society - particularly the poor, the politically weak and the “minorities” who do not carry any “political weight” - would be to DILUTE the powers of all elected representatives of the people by separating the various powers of the Parliament and by horizontally empowering different sets of people’s representatives elected on different area basis to administer the different sets of the separated powers at different locations.
It has to be meaningful separation of powers HORIZONTALLY where each and every set of representatives would be in the SAME LEVEL as equals and in par and NOT VERTICALLY, where one set of representatives would be above (more powerful than) the other, which is the normal adopted practice when talking of sharing power, in this power-hungry world. It is because “sharing of power” has been evolved “vertically”, we have all the trouble in this power-hungry world. So, for sustainable peace it should not be the present form of “devolution/sharing of power” but “dilution of powers” or “meaningful sharing of powers” in such a way that no single person or single set of people’s representatives be “superior” to another.
This system would help to eradicate injustice, discrimination, bribery and corruption - the four pillars of an evil society – and help to establish the “Rule of Law” and “Rule by ALL” for sustainable peace, tranquility and prosperity and a pleasant harmonious living with dignity and respect for all the inhabitants in the country. Everyone must have “equal” powers, rights, duties and responsibilities and most importantly everyone should be deemed “equal” and treated “equally” before the law not only on paper but also practically – be it the Head of State, The Chief Justice or the voiceless poor of the poorest in the country.
Since all political and other powers flow from the sovereignty of the people, it is proposed herein that these powers be not given to any ONE set of representatives but distributed among different sets of people’s representatives (groups) elected on different area basis (village and villages grouped) to perform the different, defined and distinct functions of one and the same institution - the Parliament – like the organs of our body – heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, nose, ear etc. – performing different and distinct functions to enable us to sustain normal life.
i am working on this topic.
secularism in indian context.thinkers like habermas wrting about post-secular europe and religion/faith debate seems to be very important during this period.
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