As peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts are challenged by an increasing number of conflicts, experts and practitioners are advocating for re-examining the architecture of international support to peacebuilding, and developing a more sustainable approach. Key international institutions have now recognised that local actors hold the key to sustainable peace in their own communities. At this time, momentum continues to grow for rethinking ways of working in the peacebuilding sector, and a re-orientation towards the needs of local actors in conflict-affected countries.
How do we get there? What needs to change within the global peacebuilding system, including international institutions, so as to provide greater space for locally-led peacebuilding? In responding to these questions, Miriam Brandner will share reflections on how the Robert Bosch Stiftung chose to focus on locally-led peacebuilding with a systems approach, and Mie Roesdahl will present the key findings from Conducive Space for Peace’s latest report entitled ‘A Global System in Flux: Pursuing Systems Change for Locally-Led Peacebuilding’. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion with the participants.
Mie Roesdahl is the founder and Director of Conducive Space for Peace. She has worked for the past 25 years as a peacebuilding and human rights practitioner in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has held positions such as Executive Director of Oxfam in Denmark and Head of Research Programme on human rights and peacebuilding at the University of Copenhagen.
Miriam Brandner is the Senior Project Manager for the topic ‘Peace’ at the Robert Bosch Stiftung. She is responsible for the global strand and the Sahel regional strand of the foundation’s stretegy on peace. Prior to the foundation, she worked in the private sector as organisational developer and as governance expert in development in East and West Africa.
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