This learning note consolidates some of the innovative practices taking place within the aid system by different organisations and hopes to inspire all actors and institutions to learn from one another on concrete ways for changing the international system to better enable local leadership. In supporting systems change for local leadership, there is great potential in unlocking learning on practice innovations as one critical element in pursuing institutional and broader systems change, including structural and attitudinal change. In the coming months CSP will be hosting a series of events for deepening our shared learning and reflection on changing the international system for enabling local leadership and equitable partnerships.
What is the role of individuals from where we stand to drive #systemschange for local leadership?
Check out the first of a series of reflection notes where we reflect on how people drive systems change for local leadership and equitable partnership in peacebuilding and development. We reflect on the important roles we all can play to unlock system change and specifically the role of those working ‘inside’ international organisations.
What are strategies civil society organisations can take to integrate bottom-up peacebuilding across the humanitarian-development-peace HDP Nexus to strengthen outcomes of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding programming?
Enhancing international support to local civil society organisations in conflict-affected contexts is increasingly recognised as critical to sustainable peacebuilding. Currently, too little peacebuilding and development funds reach local actors, and strengthening the quality of support can enable space for local leadership. The shorter-term, top-down, and externally driven engagements have not created the desired results for sustainable conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and development. Therefore, Conducive Space for Peace has since 2016 been developing thinking on and action for systems change to enable space for locally-led peacebuilding and development better.
We are excited to launch our latest publication – “The Dragonfly Model: Systems Change to Strengthen Support for Locally-Led Peacebuilding”. Emerging from Conducive Space for Peace’s experience of working with local peacebuilding and addressing challenges facing locally-led peacebuilding globally, this ‘model’ is created to inspire further thinking and understanding of systems change to enhance the space for locally-led peacebuilding.
After 5 years of listening and pondering about the global peacebuilding system and locally-led peacebuilding, we have during the last couple of months finally consolidated our thinking into this report, “A Global System in Flux: Pursuing Systems Change for Locally-Led Peacebuilding”. With violent conflict reaching historic highs, we take the temperature on the societal trends, the state of the global peacebuilding system, and the current approaches to systems change and locally-led peacebuilding.
COVID-19 has hastened our use of technology and moved our lives almost wholly online. We have become more reliant on technology in everyday life. For peacebuilders, their experiences have been similar.
In 2020, Shift Power for Peace launched the Digital Inclusion Fund to support local communities across the world, with funding to pivot their work online.
Two young South Sudanese peacebuilders have co-authored a publication that portrays both the immense challenges faced by South Sudanese women peacebuilders in the time of COVID-19 and the extra-ordinary power and potential these women hold for building peace even during difficult times. Sixteen young women peacebuilders have contributed their stories and Vicky Amal Pax Kamilo and Ajwok Mary Valentino have consolidated the insights into this important piece of work.
In our latest report Conducive Space for Peace distils the insights of more than 450 peacebuilders who during April, May and June 2020 engaged in consultations on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for funding to local peacebuilding. Through virtual conversations, online platform sharing, livestreamed dialogues, group consultations, and a survey involving peacebuilders from more than 60 countries, Conducive Space for Peace explores the shifting funding landscape as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.
Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) er en dansk civilsamfundsorganisation, der er etableret på en stiftende generalforsamling i december 2018 (se vedtægter) og registreret som en almennyttig forening hos Erhvervsstyrelsen per 1. januar 2019. Organisationen er grundlagt af Mie Roesdahl i 2016 med støtte fra en gruppe af stiftende bestyrelsesmedlemmer i november 2016 og har eksisteret i forskellige former og faser frem til slut 2018, hvor den fik sin endelige form som en selvstændig organisation. Formålet med CSP er at styrke lokal fredsopbygning i konfliktramte lande og skabe forandringer i det internationale system til støtte af fredsopbygning. CSP har fokus på at styrke lokale aktørers rolle i at skabe bæredygtig fred. CSPs arbejde fokuserer konkret på støtte til forandringsagenter, vidensopbygning og strategisk kommunikation i samarbejde med internationale og lokale aktører i konfliktramte lande, samt facilitering af netværk til deling af erfaringer mellem forandringsagenter og fredsopbyggere ’trans‐ lokalt’, altså på tværs af forskellige lande.