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Mind the gaps: a whole-of-society approach to peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Martin, Mary, Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Benrais, Linda (2018) Mind the gaps: a whole-of-society approach to peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Peacebuilding, 6 (3). pp. 171-182. ISSN 2164-7259

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21647259.2018.1491668


External peacebuilding interventions have moved towards comprehensive strategies to tackle the complex problems of peace, security and development. This paper proposes a ‘Whole-of-Society’ (WOS) approach which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of externally- led peacebuilding and conflict prevention through recourse to the social contexts within which they are implemented. The aim of WOS is to see complexity, both within local society and in the relations between external peacebuilders and local society, as an opportunity to be grasped, as much as an impediment to effective outcomes. A WOS approach adds a practice dimension to debates on ownership, local peace and hybridity, trust-in-peacebuilding and their conceptualisations of local agency and dynamics . It seeks to address the operational gaps that emerge within a societal perspective to peacebuilding, in particular by suggesting ways of achieving appropriate configurations of external and local resources, agency and initiatives.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 09:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:28

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