The political settlement will produce various background, case study, comparative and policy publications written by researchers from our democratic business partner, former resistance/liberation movement members, external experts, and the research coordination team at BF. In the second half of the project, various policy dissemination events will be held, in order to transfer the findings into practical learning on how to build from within, and support from outside, inclusive institutions, policies and state-society relations.

Academically, we also hope to contribution to scholarly debates on peace processes, state-building, democratisation, power-sharing, and post-war governance.

The project aims to support national stakeholders’ capacity to conduct inclusive governance by providing context-sensitive analysis and by feeding back policy recommendations to key ‘multipliers’ within state institutions (including former power contenders), informal governance structures, and civil society organisations. It will also identify best practices and lessons learned for international agencies involved in mediation and post-war assistance and interested in supporting peace/state-building processes.

The main project activities include:

  • Empirical research and production of case study reports by local researchers in six countries (Aceh/Indonesia, Colombia, El Salvador, Nepal, South Africa, South Sudan);
  • In all six countries, design and delivery of ‘learning modules’ on inclusive governance for key national-level ‘multipliers’ within state institutions, informal governance structures, and civil society organisations;
  • Comparative analysis and contribution to academic debates on peace processes, state-building, democratisation, power-sharing, governance;
  • Production of thematic policy reports offering targeted lessons learnt towards state, regional, international and non-governmental agencies engaged in supporting peace/state-building processes after intra-state war.

For more information about the event and the audio files of the presentations click here 

On October 27-28, Berghof Foundation co-organised with our Colombian partners CINEP a public conference (hosted by the Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación) and an expert workshop (hosted by UNDP Colombia) on the theme “From Insurgency to Democracy: Challenges of Political Participation in Latin America”. These events brought together former insurgent leaders from Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ecuador to discuss with Colombian institutions and the general public some lessons learnt from past peace processes for the ongoing negotiations in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla organisation. A specific emphasis was placed on the issues of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), security guarantees and political participation.

These activities form part of the ongoing Berghof project ‘Inclusive political settlements’ funded by IDRC in Canada, and BF Programme Director Veronique Dudouet intervened as keynote speaker to share some key insights from recent Berghof research on security transition processes.  The events were very well received and echoed positively in the media.

Project Conference ‘Inclusive Political Settlements’ in Cape Town

This conference in Cape Town brought together representatives of all project partner institutes, and was hosted by In Transformation, South Africa. The aims were to present and discuss our preliminary empirical findings from the field research in the six case study  countries (Colombia, El Salvador, South Africa, South Sudan, Nepal and Aceh), and jointly identify initial comparative findings for research and policy.

Project Launch ‘Inclusive Political Settlements’ in Bogota

The new project “Avoiding Conflict Relapse through Inclusive Political Settlements and State-building after Intra-State War”, funded by IDRC (Canada) and jointly led by Berghof Foundation and CINEP (Colombia) was launched officially in Bogota on 17-19 June, in the presence of international partners and advisory committee members. Its primary objective was to discuss and unpack notions on inclusive political settlement, governance and state-building processes by engaging in collaborative empirical research with the partners based in Colombia, El Salvador, South Africa, South Sudan, Nepal and Aceh.