NGOs at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policy in Areas of Conflict / Edition 1

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The number of NGO's working in the area of conflict has increased dramatically over the last few decades and they are fast becoming a vital component of both local and international responses to conflicts. As their influence rises, many seek to more effectively impact the policy making and program development of governments and intergovernmental organizations. But how can NG's do this effectively without sacrificing their own independence and flexibility? NG's at the Table explores such challenges by examining a number of NG's, diverse in size, location, and financial means, that have successfully influenced both policy and program development in conflicts throughout the world. It explores why these organizations decided to embark upon a strategic campaign to influence the policy-making process, as well as outlines the issues addressed and the tactics used. It examines the constraints faced in trying to penetrate the governmental process and discusses how these obstacles were overcome. The book also includes analysis and reflections by a variety of experienced policy-makers and academics working in the field. A unique and much- needed resource for NGO's wishing to extend their own capacities in the field of policy-making, this book will prove valuable for any policy-maker wishing to take advantage of the unique capacities that NG's contribute to the field of conflict prevention, management, and resolution.

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Editorial Reviews

Ethnic Conflict Research Digest
The book is thus a welcome and perhaps belated acknowledgement of a significant change in the policy process in evidence since the early 1990s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742528499
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Mari Fitzduff is director of the master's program in coexistence and conflict at Brandeis University. Cheyanne Church is director of Institutional Learning and Research with Search for Common Ground in Washington D.C.

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Foreword : a view from another world - the policymaker's perspective
1 Stepping up to the table : NGO strategies for influencing policy on conflict issues 1
2 Adding complexity to chaos : policymaking in conflict situations 23
3 The challenges of influencing policy in conflict situations 45
4 Track one and a half diplomacy : searching for political agreement in the Caucasus 57
5 Mainstreaming partnership approaches to crisis : Northern Ireland 77
6 Legitimizing the role of women in peacebuilding at the United Nations : a campaign approach 95
7 Impacting on community policing policy : South Africa 113
8 Multifaceted programming : influencing policies in Burundi 129
9 Reframing the problem : an approach to the Kurdish question in Turkey 147
10 Lessons learned in conflict-related policy engagement 165
App. 1 United Nations resolutions 1325 (2000) 175
App. 2 Indirect mediation via radio - dialogue between rebels and government 179
App. 3 Implementing existing policies - women's rights and legal code in Burundi 183
Index 187
About the contributors 193
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