Civil Society’s Role in Monitoring and Verifying Peace Agreements: Seven Lessons from International Experiences
Peace agreements last longer when effective monitoring and verification—the processes of collecting information and using it to evaluate compliance with the agreement—are in place. Civil society groups are usually left out of these processes despite demonstrated success when they are included, particularly in intra-state agreements. Civil society can offer local knowledge, access to communities, capacity, expertise, and additional legitimacy to monitoring and verification. Building on two research projects led by Dr Thania Paffenholz,, this report examines the different ways in which civil society has engaged in monitoring and verification of past peace agreements and provides a set of seven lessons for the effective use of civil society in these processes. Read the full report here.