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Breaking the vicious cycleEntry points for anti-corruption in inclusive peace processes

Corruption and violent conflict are interlinked in deep and complex ways. This U4 Issue considers how corruption as an element of conflict systems could be addressed during peace processes and how peacebuilders can support political efforts to curb corruption and promote accountability during transitions from war to peace. Now is the time to bridge the contributions of peacebuilding and anti-corruption practitioners in the quest for a sustainable transformation process.

  • Year2022
  • Author(s)Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka, Joshua Rogers, Calum Humphreys
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Fostering constructive relationsApproaches to trust-building in peacebuilding interventions

The international community is currently facing a dilemma: although building trust between representatives of state institutions and the population is one of the fundamental components of cooperation between donors and recipient countries of support services in the security sector, we are observing worldwide that trust in state institutions fades. Confidence-building initiatives between citizens and, for example, the police and the military obviously do not always contribute to improvement. Therefore, basic assumptions about the role of trust and how trust building works in conflict societies must be questioned.

  • Year2022
  • Author(s)Viktoria Budde, Karoline Eickhoff
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Decolonising peacebuildingA way forward out of crisis

A shifting state system, a dysfunctional market and a restless global society face rising economic inequality and mass migration, accelerating polarisation and extremism, and urgent demands for decolonisation, racial justice and an end to gender-based violence. Current economic and political models offer little reprieve, and in some cases seem to be fuelling disorder rather than promoting the order or stability they aim to achieve. How will the peacebuilding field respond or transform given these challenges?

  • Year2022
  • Author(s)Lisa Schirch
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Changing Local Governance in YemenThe areas under control of the internationally recognised government

Local governance is changing in Yemen, with far-reaching effects on the way state institutions function, on central-local relations, and on service provision and citizens’ experiences of the state. Earlier Berghof research (Rogers 2020) highlighted the ways in which war and Houthi policy were re-drawing central-local relations and the functioning of local governance in the areas under Ansar Allah’s control. This paper complements that investigation by examining the changes under way in the areas under the control of the internationally recognised government.

  • Year2022
  • Author(s)Katharina Jautz, Monder Basalma, Joshua Rogers
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Mediating the political transformation of non-state armed groupsWorkshop report

Together with the United Nations DPO DDR section, our team working to improve international support to transformation processes of non-state armed groups after wars and conflicts, organised a workshop with international experts in Berlin.

  • Year2022
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On negotiating peace: A compilation of strategic frameworksBased on the perspectives of resistance and liberation movements

The strategic frameworks were developed in conjunction with our project "Negotiation Support for Resistance and Liberation Movements (RLMs)", where negotiation training and process support were offered to a number of RLMs around the world. It is designed to serve as a hands-on strategy-building guide for the RLMs and other negotiators and mediators, who are often overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that come with, as well as the complexity of the negotiation processes.

  • Year2022
  • Author(s)Joana Amaral, Véronique Dudouet, Karin Göldner-Ebenthal, Jonathan Harlander, Nico Schernbeck, Katrin Planta, Vanessa Prinz, Luxshi Vimalarajah
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Berghof Foundation: Strategic Priorities 2022-2025

In order to adopt to a digitalised world, a planet facing ecocide through climate change and further global challenges, the Berghof Foundation as an organisation has to evolve as well. We are therefore expanding our activities beyond our established focal areas into six additional areas of strategic importance. How Berghof intends to go about it over the next four years is the subject of this document.

  • Year2022
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Climate Change and Conflict in Hadhramawt and Al Mahra

Based on interviews conducted in two Yemeni governorates hit hard by the effects of climate change, Helen Lackner identifies the key environmental issues facing the populations of Hadhramawt and Al Mahra today. The report shows how they are connected to conflict in the two governorates, and explores what local authorities, communities and international actors are doing and can do in the future to mitigate the impacts of climate change and better manage the conflicts that derive from it.

  • Year2021
  • Author(s)Helen Lackner
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تغير المناخ والصراع في حضرموت والمهرة

بناءً على المقابلات التي أجريت في محافظتين يمنيتين تضررتا بشدة من آثار تغير المناخ ، تحدد هيلين لاكنر القضايا البيئية الرئيسية التي تواجه سكان حضرموت والمهرة اليوم. يوضح التقرير كيفية ارتباطها بالنزاع في المحافظتين ، ويستكشف ما تفعله السلطات المحلية والمجتمعات والجهات الفاعلة الدولية وما يمكن أن تفعله في المستقبل للتخفيف من آثار تغير المناخ وإدارة النزاعات التي تنجم عنه بشكل أفضل.

  • Year2021
  • Author(s)Helen Lackner
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Berghof Foundation: 50 years of conflict transformation

This book provides an overview of the Berghof Foundation’s work and impact over the past 50 years and sheds light on future challenges for building sustainable peace.

  • Year2021
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