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Identifying Opportunities for Civil Society-led Conflict Resolution in Burkina Faso

This ‘Search for Common Ground (SFCG)’ report highlights local conflict resolution using informal mechanisms in Burkina Faso. The ethnic and religious conflicts that dominate West Africa are marginal in Burkina Faso, making it a good case study for community level conflict resolution. Non-institutionalized methods of mediation — often involving community stakeholders — are discussed as well as Burkinabe people’s preference for these local practices. Unfortunately, however, like informal conflict resolution practices in other places, many of the methods  used in Burkina Faso marginalize non-landowners, women, and youth. Recommendations addressing these drawbacks are included. Read full report.

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USIP: Gender, War, and Peacebuilding Guide

 

Women are often targeted in violent conflicts, as armed forces seek to demoralize their opponents, and they are often not included in negotiations to end these conflicts. This study guide examines both how women are affected by war and contribute to peace, as well as how the international community is addressing these issues. Read the guide here.

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September Newsletter- Corruption and Conflict: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?

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It’s clear that corruption fuels conflict. Some of its more adverse effects include undermining the rule of law, providing financing for armed conflict, exacerbating poverty and hindering development. Financial gain from corrupt practices also enables individuals — think: warlords and government officials — to amass substantial power.

Like all activities involving humans, corruption can be analyzed through a gender lens. This is important since examining the relationship between gender and corruption provides greater insight into this destructive practice. And, in turn, suggests ways to stem its tide and in doing so, prevent conflict. Although this month’s recommended readings provide three different takes on gender and corruption, they have one message in common: corruption is not gender neutral. 

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