Civil society plays an increasingly powerful role in the global landscape, emerging as key actors in preventing and managing conflict, and building more peaceful and sustainable societies . The multiple case studies featured in this volume illustrate the growth of civil society involvement in national, regional, and international peacebuilding policy. The focus is on multi-stakeholder, systems-based approaches to peacebuilding and human security that involve diverse civil society groups (NG's, religious organizations, media, etc.), government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and security forces. This unique comprehensive approach encompasses diverse stakeholders seeking to understand the drivers of conflict and the possibilities for working together to build peace. The book illustrates how the involvement of civil society can result in better informed, more inclusive, more accountable government decision making, and more effective peacebuilding policies.
Importantly, a number of the case studies provide a gender perspective on peacebuilding and civil society issues, voicing and giving attention to women’s perspectives without being focused only on gender issues. Further, authors from the Global South offer the perspectives of those directly immersed in ongoing struggles for justice and peace.
About the Author
David Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.
Melanie Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Laurel Stone is Program Manager for Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.
Table of Contents
John Paul Lederach
1: Civil Society and the Power to Build Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
Peter van Tuijl
2: Civil Society and the 2030 Agenda: Forging a Path to Universal Sustainable Peace through Policy Formulation
3: The Politics of Inclusion: Civil Society Engagement in the New Deal
Kristen Wall and Rachel Fairhurst
4: Integrating Gender into the New Deal Process
Dewi Suralaga, Mahbouba Seraj and Karen Robinson
5: From National Security to Human Security: Developing Effective Partnerships between the UN, Regional Organizations and Civil Society
6: The Role of WANEP in Crafting Peace and Security Architecture in West Africa
7: The Role of Women in Regional Peace and Security: Experiences from the Pacific
Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls and Laurel Stone
8: Civil Society’s Peacebuilding Approach to Civil-Military-Police Coordination in Security Sector Reform
9: Unlikely Partners for Conflict Transformation: Engaging the Military as Stakeholders for Peace in Mindanao
Myla Leguro and Hyunjin Deborah Kwak
10: POLSEDE, Civil Society, and Security Sector Reform in Guatemala
Bernardo Arévalo de Leόn and Ana Glenda Táger
Conclusion: Civil Society Empowerment for Human Security
David Cortright, Melanie Greenberg, Laurel Stone and Anna Milovanovic