Building Community

Grassroots peace-making initiatives

When local activists around the world find effective ways to make peace, minimize conflict and protect human rights, it is crucial that their approaches be shared more widely, since some strategies may also transcend local issues to be universally applicable.

This post offering links to projects underway, research on conflict-resolution, and ideas for planning will be added to regularly — suggestions welcome. The posting of a link is not necessarily an endorsement of an organization, but an invitation to explore for oneself a resource that may be helpful.

 

One hub for the sharing of resources is at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at UC San Diego, which presents women’s peace-making initiatives in various countries.

In an attempt to bring together ideas for best practices for youth initiatives in peace-building, a group of organizations such as the United Nations and Search for Common Ground produced a document presenting some ‘Guiding Principles’.

An overview of research on civil resistance, and what factors if any are most likely to produce lasting change can be found in the paper “Why Civil Resistance Works” in the International Security journal, 2008.