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Conflict Transformation: A Multi-Dimensional TaskHandbook Article

Identifies key theorists and modes of practice. The author attempts to distinguish these from the theories and practices of conflict resolution and conflict management, arguing that conflict transformation draws heavily on these earlier traditions. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Hugh Miall
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The Role of Development Aid in Conflict Transformation: Facilitating Empowerment Processes and Community BuildingHandbook Article

Highlights the role of development assistance for the structural aspects of peacebuilding. Exploring the nexus between participation, empowerment and conflict transformation, the authors critically discuss the potential of common participatory approaches at the community level and their impact for conflict transformation on the local level. (revised for 2004 print edition).

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Christine Bigdon, Benedikt Korf
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Designing Transformation and Intervention ProcessesHandbook Article

Outlines concepts for designing and assessing intervention strategies, building on personal practice experience. The author addresses ten issues: vision, goals and commitment; analysis of conflicts and actors; strategies and roles; partners and entry points; timing and exit; processes and structures; staffing criteria; coordination and cooperation; sustainability; institutional learning. (revised for 2004 print edition)
  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Thania Paffenholz
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From Resolution to Transformation: The Role of Dialogue ProjectsHandbook Article

Presents dialogues as the classical means of constructively dealing with conflicts. The author gives an overview of ideal types and identifies the basic elements of most dialogue processes. He discusses dialogue in the context of various other approaches in order to establish criteria for measuring success. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Norbert Ropers
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Conflict Transformation through State ReformHandbook Article

Explores the significance of state reform for transformation of war-torn areas. The author presents three strategic approaches: participatory strategies (i.e. democratisation, strengthening of civil society, dialogue); institution building and institutional reform (i.e. federalisation, decentralisation, constitutional and judicial reform); and security needs (i.e. human rights, human security). (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Günter Bächler
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Trends and Causes of Armed ConflictHandbook Article

Gives an overview of current findings on causes of armed conflict, identifying injustice and mobilisation as key concepts. The author shares insights on where to look for signs of potential escalation, where to seek and how to utilise opportunities for preventing violent escalation. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Dan Smith
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Supporting Justice, Co-Existence and Reconciliation after Armed Conflict: Strategies for Dealing with the PastHandbook Article

Explores different approaches to investigating and regulating past injustices in the aftermath of armed conflict. The author reviews the potential and risks associated with tribunals, community courts and truth commissions, and discusses how amnesty, reparation and grassroots initiatives for reconciliation can contribute to conflict transformation. (revised for 2004 print edition)
  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Gunnar Theissen
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Culture, Power Asymmetries and Gender in Conflict TransformationHandbook Article

Highlights conflict transformation approaches as necessarily having to deal with the closely linked categories of power asymmetries, gender inequality and cultural difference. The author argues that an overarching, global culture of domination exists. The emancipation of marginalised groups stimulates, and results from, the fundamental culture shift which conflict transformation implies. (revised for 2004 print edition).

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Diana Francis
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Facilitation Skills for Interpersonal TransformationHandbook Article

Describes the most important skills and tools facilitators need in order to enhance capacities at the individual and interpersonal level. The author presents: skills used in moment-by-moment interaction with parties; techniques for facilitating sustained dialogue; and principles of process design for addressing the larger institutional and structural realities of conflicts. (revised for 2004 print edition)

  • Year2004
  • Author(s)Ron Kraybill
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Berghof Handbook GlossaryHandbook Article

Writers in the field of conflict studies often use key terms in loose and contradictory ways, reflecting the reality that concepts have not been clearly defined. To encourage coherent usage of these terms the following definitions have been adopted for the purposes of the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. Nevertheless individual authors on occasion have used some terms in a specific way in relation to the particular argument in their chapter. In these circumstances the special use of the term is clearly explained and otherwise the following definitions are general usage in the Handbook.

  • Year2004
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