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Mediation Perspectives: Professionalizing Mediation through Negotiation Simulations

From the International Relations and Security Network blog. You can read the original post here.

By Simon Mason

Emotions are high and words are flying fast, when suddenly the head of the negotiation delegation gets up and leaves the room. There have been…


Added by Owen Frazer on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes

By James M. Dorsey

European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to tackle the country’s structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars.

The regret could apply to any number of failures to tackle root problems that have prompted lone wolves to strike fear in major European cities, at tourist…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 29, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

Marriage Equality, Empowerment and Recognition

Empowerment and recognition are the core concepts of the transformative theory of conflict.  They help explain the phenomenon that led to the recent progress of marriage equality in the USA.  Read the full blog post here.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on June 29, 2015 at 12:13am — No Comments

How many times…?


Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on June 28, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

White supremacy, black liberation, and global development: The conversations we’re not having

This post originally appeared on

Below all of the talk of “evidence-based approaches” and “taking it to scale,” there is an undercurrent of disquiet.

It happens when “local partners’ capacity” is maligned. It happens when two people have the same idea,…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Remembering December 16th: 'They were not martyrs - they were school children'

5 Minutes 2 Midnight

Five Minutes to Midnight

By Mina Durrani

It was 11:15 am on 16th December, 2014. I was at a review meeting for the long pending…


Added by Amna Durrani on June 28, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

The Development Value Chain - From International to Local

I attended InterAction Forum 2015 earlier this week on behalf of PCDN (thanks to Craig Zelizer), and it was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the field of Development as a young professional only a few months in. In addition to learning, the…


Added by Sahil Patni on June 27, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

World's Top Meta List of Job Sites/Resources in Social Change, Social Impact, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields

Finding the right job in social change, development, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how social changeworks in practice. Many people working in social change , will not find employment with "social…


Added by Craig Zelizer on June 26, 2015 at 7:36pm — 58 Comments

COYPED Wants Drug Abuse Combated....... AS Liberian Youths Celebrate Int’l Drug Day

As youth across the country celebrate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, the Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development, (COYPED) has called for a vehement combat against drug abuse in the country.

Speaking Friday, June 26,…


Added by James Koryor on June 26, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Charleston shooting: Journos should avoid the term terrorist

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

What is a terrorist?

This important question has popped up this last week in the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings. In my peace journalism class at Park University, this question always leads to the most lively discussion of the semester, with some students taking a hard line while others narrow the definition to exclude, for example,…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 26, 2015 at 11:09am — 4 Comments

Resource Guides to Careers, Networking, Funding (and more) in Development, Social Change, CR, and Related Fields

Please note that this site is designed to provide networking and sharing of promising practices. Individuals are not allowed to post their individual requests to find jobs as the site would deluged and there are other websites that do provide this service. However, we have developed several short guides to careers, academic programs, funding, research, teaching resources, practice in social change, peacebuilding, international development, human rights…


Added by Craig Zelizer on June 26, 2015 at 10:00am — 56 Comments

Innovative Finance in Development: Is this the Next Big Thing or Not?

As we have written, this week, two members of the PCDN team are attending the annual Interaction Conference which is the key meeting of US based humanitarian and development NGOS.

Yesterday I attended a wonderful session on Innovative Finance for INGOS: What, When, Who and How.…


Added by Craig Zelizer on June 26, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

Guide to Blogging for Peace and Social Change

This resource guide to Blogging for Social Change is designed to provide an introduction to what is a blog, to outline why PCDN individual and organizational members might want to actively undertake blogging, highlight some key success, as well highlight ethical issues and challenges that can arise that any blogger should consider.  As with all of PCDN's …


Added by Craig Zelizer on June 26, 2015 at 9:32am — 3 Comments

New Interns

We Welcome Our New Interns, Nnamdi Ibenegbu From UK And Nahid And Kamrul From Bangladesh .They Are Working On WaSH Research And Documentary Film .


Added by HEEALS on June 26, 2015 at 8:21am — No Comments

A Study in Contrasts: Militaries in Political Transitions in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

By James M. Dorsey

The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.

Almost 30 years after they brutally crushed pro-democracy student protests, Korean police are…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 24, 2015 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Advisory Council rejects labour reform as Qatar stiffens its back

By James M. Dorsey

Revived controversy over the integrity of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup and persistent criticism of the conditions of migrant labour in the Gulf state appear to have stiffened Qatar’s back as it responds to attacks on multiple fronts, including judicial inquiries in Switzerland and the United States, the media, and United Nations and human rights organizations as well as trade unions.

Qatar’s hardening stance threatens to roll back its…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 24, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

India’s Nobel Winner Takes His Fight for Children Global

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By James Rupert

Peace Prize Laureate Satyarthi Outlines Campaign at…


Added by Viola Gienger on June 24, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why we should support Raif Badawi

On 17 June 2012, a Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi was arrested under the charge of “insulting Islam”. Raif Badawi had created “Free Saudi Liberals”, a website which encouraged debates on religious and political issues in 2008. The website promoted the idea of secularism and criticized religious extremism. He was charged of insulting Islam through this website.

The Saudi Supreme Court held him guilty and pronounced a sentence of 10 years in…


Added by Devika Mittal on June 23, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

UN to Peru - Find the Disappeared and Protect their Families



MONDAY JUNE 22, 2015


A prominent UN working group has called on the government of Peru to show more urgency in identifying thousands of Peruvians who disappeared during Peru's 20-year war against terrorism (1980-2000) and in meeting the needs of surviving family members.


Following a mission to Peru, the UN Working Group on…


Added by iain on June 22, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments

2015 – A Year for Reflection… from Outer Space?

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Preserving Humanity and Democracy by Fighting Climate Change, Together…

KIng John places his seal on Magna Carta in 1215 Photo: Alamy

Added by Elvira Felix on June 22, 2015 at 4:51pm — 1 Comment

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