New contributions to the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation

TitelNew contributions to the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation
Typ der PublikationBook
AutorInnenFischer, M
VerlagBerghof Conflict Research

In the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation you can find three new articles (on traditional approaches, on civil society and on training resources). Furthermore, the Berghof Handbook Dialogue on Social Change and Conflict Transformation has been completed:

1) A new article on Traditional Approaches to Conflict Transformation: Potentials and Limits has been added to Section I (Concepts and Cross-Cutting Challenges). In his thoughtful contribution, Volker Boege explores the role of traditional or customary methods in transforming violent conflicts, assessing both strengths and weaknesses. He embeds his discussion in the debate about failing/weak states, globalisation and the relationship between the global North and South.

2) Section I now also contains a new article on Civil Society in Conflict Transformation: Ambivalence, Potentials and Challenges. In particular, this article by Martina Fischer focuses on the potential contribution of civil society actors for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Central questions are: What types of activities do international and transnational NGOs undertake? What problems and dilemmas are faced in the development of civil society in war-torn societies? What are the limitations of civil society contributions and how does it relate to state-building? And, finally, how do these considerations impact on theoretical conceptualisations of the term civil society?

3) A third new article expands the focus on training within Section III (Third-Party Tools and Capacity Building). In her contribution Training for Conflict Transformation: An Overview of Approaches and Resources, Beatrix Schmelzle seeks to provide a first orientation for an audience less familiar with the field of conflict transformation and its educational possibilities. Questions raised are: Who is offering training for which target audience? What are strengths and shortcomings? Are there criteria that help assess training? What challenges remain, and what recommendations can be made? The article also provides an extensive reference section covering training manuals and materials, organisations, resources and analyses.

4) In the Dialogue on Social Change and Conflict Transformation, five authors have expanded on, and critically reviewed, the lead article by Christopher Mitchell: Ed Garcia (International Alert), Chris Spies (UNDP Guyana), Ilana Shapiro (University of Massachusetts), Vivienne Jabri (Kings College London) and Daniela Körppen (Berghof Foundation for Peace Support). The lead article, all five comments, an introduction and a final reflection by Christopher Mitchell are available online.