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Challenges and Opportunities in International Support to Local Civil Society

Drawing upon the experiences and perspectives of primarily local civil society organisations, activists and their international counterparts, the report provides lessons and recommendations for supporting effective and sustainable peacebuilding and development. The report also contributes to ongoing discussions on localisation and decolonisation agendas, working to achieve a fairer distribution of power and advancing local leadership, thereby fostering more equitable partnerships and solidarity in international aid.


Learning Note: Innovative Practices – Changing the International System to Better Enable Local Leadership

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.


Reflection Note: Systems Change is Driven by People

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.


Chain of Influence Framework for Systems Change – Shifting Power to Local Actors

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.


The Dragonfly Model: Systems Change to Strengthen Support for Locally-Led Peacebuilding

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.


A Global System in Flux: Pursuing Systems Change 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 and the Impact on South Sudanese Women Peacebuilders

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.


Act Now on ‘Localisation’: COVID-19 Implications for Funding to Local Peacebuilding -Multilingual

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.