Civil Society and Government Cooperation on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
|Title||Civil Society and Government Cooperation on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding|
|Subtitle / Series Title||GPPAC Issue Paper on Joint Action for Prevention|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||van Tongeren, P, van Empel, C, Barnes, C|
|Number of Pages||102 pp.|
|Publisher||European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) / Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)|
There is growing recognition of the role civil society organizations (CSOs) can play in responding, managing and preventing conflict as well as in post-conflict peacebuilding. Equally, recognition is spreading that governments and CSOs can be useful if not indispensable partners to each other in any of the activities just mentioned. This paper explores the various ways in which state institutions, governments, international bodies and CSOs can work at various levels (local, national, international) in the interest of peacebuilding and responding to conflict. States are a diverse group. They range from effectively functioning bodies that operate in a legally defined and enforceable framework and have a well-established democratic tradition to non-functioning entities where democracy and the rule of law are virtually absent. CSOs tend to thrive in the former and be under severe pressure in the latter. There is also a great diversity of CSOs worldwide. They may range from spontaneous (community-based) initiatives and churches to major international NGOs with agencies around the world.