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Wholly local? Ownership as philosophy and practice in peacebuilding interventions

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Martin, Mary (2018) Wholly local? Ownership as philosophy and practice in peacebuilding interventions. Peacebuilding, 6 (3). pp. 218-232. ISSN 2164-7259

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21647259.2018.1491682


This paper engages with the theme of local ownership in peacebuilding from a practice- based perspective which suggests that the way in which the external actors reach out and work with local constituencies shows conceptual and practice gaps that limit the applicability of local ownership in day-to-day peacebuilding operations. We examine how, in the case of EU peacebuilding policies, such gaps impair the potential for effective, inclusive and sustainable peacebuilding. Using a Whole- of-Society lens the paper demonstrates how current modalities of EU engagement fail to embrace the diversity of local society and its authentic forms of mobilisation and action in order to pursue peacebuilding objectives that resonate with locally relevant forms of peace. The paper further reflects on how Whole-of-Society perspective can provides pointers for enhancing peacebuilding practices in this area.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 09:32
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:18

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