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Improving International Support to Peace Processes

The Missing Piece

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Peace processes hold the promise of re-starting non-violent efforts towards creating more equitable, resilient and developed societies. Yet, such processes are politically and psychologically complex, as well as high-risk. Many fail and such failure is harmful, as it reduces confidence and increases cynicism amongst parties to a conflict, citizens and international partners alike. International support can help a peace process to succeed but its nature and quality matter greatly.

“The Missing Piece” identifies seven recommendations to improve the quality of support that states and international organizations provide to peace processes. It does this through a thorough analysis of: the characteristics of today’s violent conflicts, the factors that influence the success and failure of a peace process and  the current strengths & weaknesses of international support.

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Recommendations to improve international support

This chapter makes seven recommendations to improve international support to peace processes. The recommendations are grouped into two main categories and are mainly addressed to senior decision makers and policy experts from the member countries of the OECD’s Development Advisory Committee DAC and of INCAF:

    Making sure we have the right tools, by: 

        1. Developing practical incentives for more co-ordinated international support for peace processes 

        2. Ensuring that permanent international mediation teams have diverse and up-to-date skill sets 

        3. Re-allocating existing financial resources to increase international support 

    Making sure those tools are put to best use, by: 

        4. Conducting joint conflict analysis and agree on a joint support strategy whenever possible 

        5. Linking international support more effectively to regional and local conflict resolution mechanisms 

        6. Supporting the implementation of an agreement as a process of continued political dialogue 

        7. Helping leaders develop the ability to build bridges in societies in conflict

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