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    Peace Direct will be hosting an online consultation to bring together academics, researchers, local experts, practitioners and civil society organisations to discuss the topic of Peacebuilding and Atrocity Prevention. The consultation will take place online for one week in October 2017.

    Overall aim of the consultation
    The consultation will be an opportunity for shared learning amongst experts from a range of backgrounds. In collaboration with a group of participants, Peace Direct will produce a report for publication, intended to share knowledge from the consultation.

    Topics for discussion
    Over the course of the week, participants will analyse and discuss a range of topics related to Peacebuilding and Atrocity Prevention. Participants will be able to propose topics for discussion. Some possible themes include:

    • The links between atrocity prevention and peacebuilding
    • Self-protection strategies for civil society
    • Gender and atrocity prevention
    • Connecting international and local efforts to prevent atrocities
    • Challenges and strategies for engagement between local leaders and national policy-makers on atrocity prevention
    • Early warning and atrocity prevention
    • Case studies of effective civil society action
    • Focuses on specific countries

    Regional focuses
    Participants are welcome with an expertise in peacebuilding and/or atrocity prevention from any country. However, we particularly welcome participants with expertise in Burundi, Myanmar, and Syria. These countries will be focused on for selected parts of the consultation with discussion on preventing and mitigating atrocities and widespread human rights abuses.

    How can participation benefit your work?
    This is a unique opportunity for you to participate in a collaborative piece of research. You will:

    • Be given the opportunity to contribute to discussions on atrocity prevention and peacebuilding
    • Learn from other experts and practitioners in the development sector.
    • Receive a report at the end of the consultation which you can use in your own research and development work.
    • Be listed as a contributor to the report.

    How the research will work?
    The consultations will take place online and last 5 days.

    A separate report will be produced that presents a summary of the online discussions. Participating organisations and individuals will be listed as contributors in the report. However, participants will also be able to contribute anonymously if needed.

    What is required to participate?
    The online consultation will take place in the week of 23 October 2017. We hope to select between 60 – 80 participants.

    During this period, participants will be expected to log in and join the discussion at least once each day, and more often if choose to do so. You will be expected to read the comments of other participants and contribute by posting comments, responses and ideas.

    The online system allows participants to contribute at times most suitable to them. Therefore it is possible to fit participation around your usual commitments. It may take just a few minutes a day to make some very important contributions to the research.

    How to participate?
    Slots for participation are limited. If you are interested in taking part, contact Joel Gabri: before 29 September 2017.  Please provide details of relevant areas of expertise, and practical experience you or your organisation have in the field of peacebuilding and/or atrocity prevention. Priority will be given to participants with direct programmatic experience of atrocity prevention activities.

    Guest experts
    In addition to participants, Peace Direct will arrange for a smaller number of guest experts to participate. Guest experts will help prepare sessions for the consultation and contribute to the final report. If you are interested in being a guest expert, please indicate your interest in your email, and also outline a proposed topic for a session.

    Local voices for peace
    This consultation forms part of Peace Direct’s Local Voices for Peace project. A series of consultations that reflects the views and perspectives of peacebuilding organisations, practitioners, and academics in different thematic areas. Previous consulations have looked at:


    Hello Joel,

    It is interesting to her for the plan for consultation on peace-building, more over there is an Asian country that should be discussed for its context.

    In my experience of such a contextual approach since I have involved in the office of the Center of Peace Studies at the Duta Wacana Christian University in Indonesia, there has also known about cultural affinity for the people that should be managed wisely.

    Here I am very glad to know more about the way to take part of your discussion.

    Get blessed for your service !!

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