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5th April 2013

Contents

1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. UNU/INCORE International Summer School (10-15 June 2013)
b. University of London: MA in Human Rights 2013
c. University of Bradford: MA in Gender and Women's Studies
 
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. Roads to Reconciliations: Truth Commissions, Trials and the UN in Societies Emerging from Conflict (11-12 April 2013)
b. Supporting Southern Voices Online: What Role can Digital Technologies have in International Development? (17 April 2013)
c. 10th Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution (9-19 May 2013)
d. 3RD Global Conference: Diversity within Unity: Cultures of Violence (12-16 August 2013)
 
3. Consultations and Notices
a. Evaluation for Conflict Resolution/Peacebuilding Projects
 
4. Events and Campaigns
a. National Demonstration in Commemoration of the Ongoing Nakba (Catastrophe) in Palestine (18 May 2013)
 
5. New Resources
  Publications:
a. Explosive Remnants of War: Unexploded Ordnance and Post-Conflict Communities
b. Peacebuilding Training: Directory of Facilitators/Trainers Working in the International Context
c. The Democracy Owners' Manual
d. Gender and Ageing
e. Pastoralism and Conflict in the Horn of Africa
f. Uganda: The Marginalisation of Minorities
Online:
a. Peacenews Service Online
b. Medialens: 'Correcting for the Distorted Vision of the Corporate Media'
c. Communicating Reconciliation: In Pursuit of Humanity
d. World Bank Report: Fifteen Months? Intifada, Closures and Palestinian Economic Crisis
e. Afghanistan: A New Era of Humanitarian Assistance
f. Recent Reports for International Crisis Group
        - Capturing the Moment: Sudan's Peace Process in the Balance
    - Myanmar: The HIV/AIDS Crisis
    - Myanmar: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid
    - Serbia : Military Intervention Threatens Democratic Reform
    - Aceh: Slim Chance for Peace
    - Colombia's Elusive Quest for Peace
g. Protracted Conflict, Elusive Peace: Initiatives to End the Violence in Uganda
h. United States Institute for Peace Reports
    - Good Practices: Information Sharing in Complex Emergencies
    - Taking Stock and Looking Forward: Intervention in the Balkans and Beyond
    - Islamic Perspectives on Peace and Violence
    - Responding to War and State Collapse in West Africa
    - The Diplomacy of Counterterrorism
    - The Role of International Financial Institutions in International Humanitarian Law
    - February 2013 issue of 'Peace Watch' - the Institute newsletter online
i. Gender Sensitive Programme Design and Planning in Conflict Affected Situations
j. Call for Submissions: Peacevox Website
k. Foreign Policy in Focus
l. Truthout
 
6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. International Alert: Eurasia Senior Programme Officer (closing date: 29 April 2013)
b.  International Health Exchange: Register of Health Workers
c. Boston Consortium for Gender, Peace, Security and Human Rights: Postdoctoral Fellowships (closing date: 1 May 2013)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS ISSUE DOES NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF QED.

1. Training, Workshops, Learning

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a. UNU/INCORE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
10 - 15 June 2013
Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

UNU/INCORE's International Summer School offers a structured learning opportunity based on the latest research and concepts of conflict resolution and is designed for senior level participants from all backgrounds: practitioner, policy maker and academic. The courses on offer for 2013 are: Dealing with the Past; Managing Peace Processes; and Religion & Conflict. In addition there will be a series of Policy Panels exploring policy approaches to conflict resolution. The deadline for registration is 19 April 2015.

For further information, see the INCORE website at: www.incore.ulst.ac.uk or email: school incore.ulst.ac.uk. Tel: + 44 (0)28 71 375500; Fax: + 44 (0)2871375510.

In addition:
UNU/INCORE INTRODUCTION TO NORTHERN IRELAND
9 - 10 June 2013
Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

UNU/INCORE offers a new programme for 2013 providing an introduction to peacebuilding and policy in Northern Ireland  and the opportunity to learn more about the history and politics of the province. There will be meetings with both local community practitioners and representatives of regional statutory agencies to enable the exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as tours of Derry/Londonderry and Belfast  The programme is available as a pre-Summer School course and is also open to non-Summer School participants. The deadline for registration is 19 April 2015.

For further information, see the INCORE website at: www.incore.ulst.ac.uk or email: school incore.ulst.ac.uk. Tel: + 44 (0)28 71 375500; Fax: + 44 (0)2871375510.

b. UNIVERSITY OF LONDON: MA IN HUMAN RIGHTS 2013
Institute of Commonwealth Studies (PhD programmes also available)

This one year full-time (or two years part-time) Programme in Understanding & Securing Human Rights is open to graduates of any discipline who seek training in human rights. This inter-disciplinary course, which has now been running for almost a decade, is based in Central London & consists of three written papers and a dissertation.  Speakers come from international agencies & the academic community. Students also benefit from a one-day work placement each week with an international human rights agency. The MA seminars are small & friendly, and students are encouraged to develop their academic talents in a supportive environment.

For further information, contact Christie Goodall, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8834; email: christie.goodall sas.ac.uk; or visit their website at:
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/courses/humanrights.html

c. UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD: MA IN GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES

The University of Bradford has re-launched its one-year MA programme in a new format in order provide students with the necessary tools to further their understanding of gender relations in contemporary society. The course emphasises multidisciplinarity. Gender and women's studies students will integrate the study of gender with the study of a second discipline, choosing from social work and social care, development and peace, or media and cultural studies. The course relates practical experience to both theoretical and comparative analyses at all levels.

The course has been designed both for graduates and for those coming back into academia from teaching, development work, health care, social work or local government. It will be of particular relevance to students wishing to enter the fields of international development, humanitarian assistance or peace-building operations. Candidates should normally have a second class Honours degree or equivalent, but candidates with other relevant qualifications or professional experience may also be eligible.

For further information, contact: Admission Secretary, Gender and Women's Studies, c/- Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1274 234 802; Fax: +44 (0)1274 235 295; Email: gaws bradford.ac.uk. Or visit their website at: www.bradford.ac.uk/acad/socsci/pg/gaws.

2. Seminars and conferences

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a. ROADS TO RECONCILIATION: TRUTH COMMISSIONS, TRIALS AND THE UN IN SOCIETIES EMERGING FROM CONFLICT
Thursday and Friday 11-12 April 2013
Chr Michelson Institute, Bergen, Norway

The past two decades have witnessed the end of several civil wars and repressive regimes. In a period shaped by ideals of democratisation and human rights, termination of violence has been accompanied by considerable interest in how societies with a grievous past face issues of reconciliation. Why have states moved along different paths to reconciliation, or stalled? Given past atrocities, what is required to create non-violent and democratic social relations, and a shared vision of the past and the future?

In addressing these questions, three sets of factors seem important. One is the presence of an accountability mechanism to deal with the past (such as trials, truth-telling and reparations). Second, domestic reforms in the security, political, judicial and economic sector will influence the development of institutions for non-violent resolution of conflict and the construction of national narratives. A third potentially important set of factors relates to international pressure for reconciliation.

The 'Roads to Reconciliation' conference will explore this field with reference to eight cases. While they differ widely in many respects, all emerge from intra-state conflict (civil wars or state repression), which involved large-scale atrocities and gave rise to new regimes or institutions as the violence formally ended. Independently and in relation to the cases, the conference will provide space for discussing the nature of reconciliation, reconciliation in relation to justice and truth, and finally the role of the UN in reconciliation processes.

For further information, or to find out about registration, contact: Chr. Michelsen Institute, Box 6033 PT, 5892 Bergen, Norway. Tel: (+47) 55 57 41 71; Fax: (+47) 55 57 41 66; Email: guri.stegali cmi.no; or visit their website at: www.cmi.no

b. SUPPORTING SOUTHERN VOICES ONLINE: WHAT ROLE CAN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES HAVE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
Wednesday 17th April 2013, 7pm
The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London

Guest speakers include:
Anuradha Vittachi, Director, OneWorld.net
Robin Mansell, Dixons Chair in New Media and the Internet, LSE

Places are limited, rsvp to: rsvp vitamin-e.net

Can digital technology improve peoples' lives in the developing world? Maybe.  But wiring up rural African villages with broadband Internet access is no panacea. The technologies that work in Clerkenwell aren't always appropriate in Cote d'Ivoire.

At Vitamin-e they believe that there is a role for ICT in economic and social development, in the promotion of human rights, and in campaigns for political reform. Locally appropriate sustainable technologies hold enormous potential to empower citizens in developing countries - and enable more Southern initiatives to speak up in the international debates on development. On 17th April Vitamin-e will meet to discuss the most appropriate uses of digital technology in international development.

As well as hearing from the speakers above, it will be a chance to speak to people who have successful projects underway. If you are running or supporting a project that you would like others to know about please send Vitamin-e 100 words about the project and the lessons learned. Email: info vitamin-e.net.

c. 10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION
9-19 May 2013
St Petersburg, Russia
Sponsored by Common Bond Institute (USA) & Harmony Institute (Russia), in cooperation with Association for Humanistic Psychology

"Sharing Tools for Personal/Global Harmony," a multi-disciplinary/multi-cultural conference that is a joint US/Russian event focussing on all aspects of conflict resolution, from the intrapersonal to the interpersonal, to relationships between groups, organizations, cultures, religious traditions, & societies - & ultimately between humans & other species.  Hands-on practical skills training, sharing programs, intensive dialogues, networking and collaboration, and a powerful intentional community experience.

For further information, contact:
Steve Olweean, Co-ordinator,
Common Bond Institute,
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034, USA.
Tel/Fax: +1 616-665-9393;
Email: solweean aol.com.
For full conference details see their web site at: http://ahpweb.org/cbi/icr.html.

d. 3RD GLOBAL CONFERENCE: DIVERSITY WITHIN UNITY: CULTURES OF VIOLENCE
12-16 August 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

This multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary conference aims at identifying and understanding the prevailing extent of violence in contemporary life. It likewise aims at probing the representation of violence in media, art and literature. Violence has been part of societies purporting to unite people, e.g., totalitarian regimes. It has been no less part of societies that set great store on diversity.  It remains a horrifying feature of today's world.

Papers are invited on the following themes:
* is violence part of human nature?
* war, civil war, terrorism and the metropolis
* policies of extermination
* religion, religious institutions, and their role in curtailing or propelling violence
* religious fundamentalism and violence
* institutional life - including schools and hospitals
* ethnicity, nationalism, and sub-nationalisms; racism and violence
* violence in the private domain - abuse of women and children
* violence in the public domain - the legitimation of violence, law, concepts of punishment, capital punishment
* state violence - militarism and arms competition
* market economy and globalization; poverty and violence
* violence and modernity - the role of science and technology
* youth and violence - gang violence, children soldiers, hooliganism
* can there be a culture counter to the culture of violence and how is it to be promoted?

Papers will be considered on any related theme. The conference is part of a larger series of on-going conferences, run under the general banner 'At the Interface'. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th May 2013. Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 19th July 2013. Papers accepted for the previous conference have been published in a themed volume; selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will also be published in a themed volume.

The conference is organised and sponsored by Learning Solutions and Inter-Disciplinary.Net.

For further details and information, please contact: Dr Rob Fisher at email: rf inter-disciplinary.net. Website: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/du3cv1.htm

3. Consultations and Notices

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a. EVALUATION FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION/PEACEBUILDING PROJECTS

INCORE will be hosting a working meeting addressing the specific challenges associated with evaluating the diverse range of projects within the field of conflict resolution/peacebuilding.  This multidisciplinary meeting will bring together people from the different stakeholders in this process, funders, practitioners and evaluators to explore and share their insights and thoughts on many of the critical issues in this area.

A brief summary of this pilot project may be found in the Policy and Evaluation Section of the INCORE website: www.incore.ulst.ac.uk

The meeting will be on May 9, 10, 11 in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. For further  information, contact Brooke Loder on email: brooke incore.ulst.ac.uk or Tel: +44 (0)28-71-375-560.

4. Events and Campaigns

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a. NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ONGOING NAKBA (CATASTROPHE) IN PALESTINE
Saturday 18th May 2013

March and Rally
Assemble 12 noon Hyde Park (North Carriageway)
Leave 1.00pm
March via Park Lane and Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square

Speakers include: Afif Safieh, Palestinian Delegate to UK, George Galloway MP, John Austin MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Dr. Ghada Karmi, Ken Cameron Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Betty Hunter Sec. Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign and sponsored by Association of Palestinian Communities, Palestine Return Centre, Al-Awda, CAABU, General Union of Palestinian Students, UCATT, NATFHE, NUJ, CND, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Stop the War Coalition

Further information can be received from: Palestine Solidarity Campaign's website at: www.palestinecampaign.org or Tel: 020 7700 6192; Fax: 020 7609 7779.

5.  New Resources

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Publications:

a. EXPLOSIVE REMNANTS OF WAR: UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE AND POST-CONFLICT COMMUNITIES
Authors: Richard Moyes with Richard Lloyd and Rae McGrath

Like landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) presents a widespread threat to nearly every post-conflict community, and holds back development and reconstruction. But, unlike landmines, UXO is an accidental by-product of conflict. There are numerous types of explosive weapons, including artillery shells, grenades, mortars, rockets and cluster bombs. These have one characteristic in common: they can remain, unexploded, capable of maiming and killing civilians long after conflict is over, undermining efforts to build peace.

This new report by Landmine Action shows that people are more likely to be killed by an accident involving unexploded ordnance (UXO) than by anti-personnel landmines, and that children are particularly at risk. It concludes that the only effective long-term solution is the eradication of UXO, integrated with development and peace-building programmes.

ISBN/PRICE:
0 953671753 9
GBP12.00

For further information or to order, contact: Landmine Action, 1st floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7820 0222; Fax: +44 (0)20 7820 0057; Email: info landmineaction.org

b. PEACEBUILDING TRAINING: DIRECTORY OF FACILITATORS/TRAINERS WORKING IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

The joint INCORE (International Conflict Resolution) and CRTLC (Community Relations Training and Learning Consortium) directory of Northern Irish conflict resolution facilitators and trainers is now available. This publication contains a directory of Northern Irish practitioners with
international experience, detailing both the type of international work undertaken and the geographical areas in which they have experience. There is also a handbook section on working internationally, this section looks at issues of culture shock, issues concerning cross-cultural work and communication and tips on working internationally. It also contains a resource guide on these topics.  It is designed both for those who are seeking a Northern Irish trainer, as well as Northern Irish practitioners who are considering becoming involved in working internationally.

To order your free of charge copy of 'Peacebuilding Training: Directory of Facilitators/Trainers Working in the International Context', please contact: incore incore.ulst.ac.uk

c. THE DEMOCRACY OWNERS' MANUAL
By Jim Schultz

The Democracy Owners' Manual is a hands-on guide for people who want to change public policy at the local, state, national, or international level. It is also a one-of-a-kind text for courses in political science, public health, social work, environmental studies, urban studies and other fields that deal with public policy. Based on more than twenty years of leading advocacy campaigns and a decade of teaching advocacy to social justice activists all over the world, the book is a combination of policy and advocacy basics, illustrated with real-life examples of advocacy in action.

In "Tools for Democracy's Activists", the book offers a series of chapters on the essential tools of citizen activism -- strategy development, organizing, coalition building, research, lobbying, using the Internet, and more.  In "Five Key Debates that Democracies Decide", the book offers a set of chapters which overview the most common public debates that citizen advocates are involved in -- taxes and budgets, environmental protection, health reform, civil rights, and more.

You can preview the book at The Democracy Center's homepage (http://www.democracyctr.org).  Here, in addition to a direct link to order the book on-line (at a special 20% discount), you will also find a new set of free advocacy training materials and newsletter inserts which they have developed to accompany the book, and a comprehensive set of university curricula modules on policy and advocacy. The book can also be ordered through most bookstores in the U.S., Canada and Britain (ISBN Paper 0-8135-3038-5 / Cloth ISBN 0-8135-3037-7).

d. GENDER AND AGEING

HelpAge International has developed a number of briefs on gender and ageing in preparation for the Second World Assembly on Ageing due
to take place in Madrid in April 2013.

The briefs cover key issues for Gender and Development practitioners and policy makers.
November 2015: Gender in an Ageing World
December 2015: Age, Gender and HIV/AIDS
January 2013: Participation for older women and men
February 2013: Humanitarian crises: hearing and understanding older people's gendered needs
March 2013: Violence and older people: the gender dimension
April 2013: Confronting older people's poverty: gender and income security

For more information please contact: Fiona Clark, Policy Officer, HelpAge International, London, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7278 7778; Fax: +44 (0)20 7713 7993; Email: fclark helpage.org. Or visit their website at: www.helpage.org.

e. PASTORALISM AND CONFLICT IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
Kennedy Mkutu, Peace Forum/Saferworld/University of Bradford

This report brings the general issues of pastoralism and conflict to a specific, micro-level case study on the factors contributing to the risk of violent conflict in the Laikipia region of northern Kenya. It specifically highlights how the competition for natural resources between pastoralist and other groups such as small agriculturalists or cattle ranchers, has resulted in violent conflict between these communities. The resulting tensions have been exacerbated by the wide availability and use of small arms and light weapons, leading competing communities to arm in what they perceive as self-defence. In these insecure conditions, cattle rustling has been transformed from a traditional pastoral activity to a contributing factor to armed conflict.

For further information, or copies of the report, contact: Dr Josephine Odera, Africa Peace Forum, PO Box 76621, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel +254 2 574096; Email: kilenem africaonline.co.ke. Or: Paul Eavis, Saferworld, 46 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7881 9290; Fax: +44 (0)20 7881 9291; Email: general saferworld.org.uk.

f. UGANDA: THE MARGINALISATION OF MINORITIES
Dr Wairama G Baker

This report from Minority Rights Group describes the demographic distribution of minorities in Uganda and examines their marginalisation in terms of their access to health, education and other life opportunities - entitlements that are enshrined in the constitution and in international and regional human rights treaties to which Uganda has subscribed. The report concludes with a set of policy recommendations which MRG believes will contribute towards a more inclusive political system whereby currently disenfranchised communities can gain more equitable access to resources, opportunities and participation in the decision-making process.

For further information, or to obtain a copy of the report, contact: Minority Rights Group, 379 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DE, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7978 9498; Fax: +44 (0)20 7738 6265; Email: minority.rights mrgmail.org. Or visit their website at: www.minorityrights.org

Online:

a. PEACE NEWS SERVICE ONLINE

Peace News has begun to offer a limited news service on their website http://www.peacenews.info
This is a separate and additional service to the existing online publishing of their print magazine. Peace News hopes that, in time, that this will be a forum for both publicly displaying news from the international peace/antimilitarist movements, but also for inspiring and sharing our activist and campaigning tactics within our community - a place to meet in order to hear about what specifically nonviolent, peace/antimilitarist activists are doing.

News stories cannot be submitted directly to the site but please send your stories to editorial peacenews.info with the first word of the subject line "NEWS". Submissions should be no bigger than 60k. Please include a caption and any credit.

For further information about editorial objectives and guidelines, see their website at: http://www.peacenews.info.

b. MEDIALENS: 'CORRECTING FOR THE DISTORTED VISION OF THE CORPORATE MEDIA'

A website edited by writers, David Cromwell and David Edwards, which grew out of their "frustration with the unwillingness, or inability, of the mainstream media to tell the truth about the real causes and extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change.

"Because much modern suffering is rooted in the unlimited greed of corporate profit-maximising - in the subordination of people and planet to profit - it seems to us to be a genuine tragedy that society has for so long been forced to rely on the corporate media for 'accurate' information."

Includes articles on a wide range of topics and including articles by Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and other noted journalists. Also has useful links to other alternative media websites.

Medialens is available online at: www.medialens.org

c. COMMUNICATING RECONCILIATION: IN PURSUIT OF HUMANITY
by Charles Villa-Vicencio, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
(From The Drum Beat - 136: www.comminit.com)

"...The reconciling process needs honest, blow by blow reporting, which conveys the emotion,  the atmosphere and the angst of the moment. It is important not to underestimate the will and the ability of the reader or viewer to make intelligent and informed decisions about what the  next step may be in the pursuit of reconciliation. The question...is whether there is not room for more sensitivity in the media for 'good news' stories that keep alive the  possibility of reconciliation - that interruption and quest for human wholeness..."

http://www.wacc.org.uk/publications/md/md2015-4/villa_vicencio.html

d. WORLD BANK REPORT: FIFTEEN MONTHS? INTIFADA, CLOSURES AND PALESTINIAN ECONOMIC CRISIS
World Bank Report on the Palestinian Economic Crisis

The World Bank has released a report entitled "Fifteen Months - Intifada, Closures and Palestinian Economic Crisis" (the Assessment), which surveys the economic impact of the current crisis and proposes a strategy for managing the Palestinian economy in 2013.

To access the full report go to: www.worldbank.org, select 'Countries and Regions' then select 'West Bank & Gaza'.

e. AFGHANISTAN: A NEW ERA OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
Humanaritian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University

The new HPCR policy brief is a first critical analysis of the new phase of humanitarian aid efforts in Afghanistan with a view to offering some guidance to aid agencies and donors. Based on a series of interviews conducted with practitioners and policy makers from January to March 2013, the brief asserts that humanitarian actors need to reassess their priorities, strategies and procedures if the current efforts are to be effective.

The policy brief can be viewed at: http://www.preventconflict.org/portal/centralasia/Brief4vol1.pdf

f. RECENT REPORTS FROM INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP

'Capturing the Moment: Sudan's Peace Process in the Balance'
'Myanmar: The HIV/AIDS Crisis'
'Myanmar: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid'
'Serbia : Military Intervention Threatens Democratic Reform'
'Aceh: Slim Chance for Peace'
'Colombia's Elusive Quest for Peace'

Full reports available on the ICG website at: www.crisisweb.org

g. PROTRACTED CONFLICT, ELUSIVE PEACE: INITIATIVES TO END THE VIOLENCE IN UGANDA

The 11th issue of Accord, 'Protracted conflict, elusive peace: initiatives to end the violence in northern Uganda' is now out.

Though not often in the international eye, the violent conflict in northern Uganda - since 1986 - has inflicted massive suffering on the civilian population of Acholiland.  Characterised by child-abductions and forced displacement, the conflict between the government of Uganda and successive rebel groups (notably the Lord's Resistance Army) has become entangled with wider geopolitical agendas in the region. Neither military nor political efforts to end the conflict have prevented the violence from continuing.

This issue of Accord, 'Protracted conflict, elusive peace', produced in collaboration with their project partners Kacoke Madit, documents the history of these peacemaking initiatives led by local officials, elders and more recently by international governments and institutions. It captures the complex story of how each failure to consolidate and implement agreements reached has led to further spirals of violence and an entrenching of mistrust between the conflict parties. Ugandan and international authors examine the background to the current conflict, the nature of the parties and the dynamics of the various negotiation processes. The issue includes maps, a chronology and the texts of agreements reached between the parties. It is intended to be a resource to help future peacemaking initiatives learn from the past.

While this issue does not document a 'successful' peace process, it does document innovative initiatives and provocative challenges.  We hope and trust that it will be a useful point of comparison for your own peacemaking work.

The publication is now available in web format from the CR web site http://www.c-r.org/accord/accord11.

h. UNITED STATES INSTITUTE FOR PEACE REPORTS

Current reports and publications on the USIP website (www.usip.org) include:

'Good Practices: Information Sharing in Complex Emergencies'
'Taking Stock and Looking Forward: Intervention in the Balkans and Beyond'
'Islamic Perspectives on Peace and Violence'
'Responding to War and State Collapse in West Africa'
'The Diplomacy of Counterterrorism'
'The Role of International Financial Institutions in International Humanitarian Law'
February 2013 issue of 'Peace Watch' - the Institute newsletter online

i. GENDER SENSITIVE PROGRAMME DESIGN AND PLANNING IN CONFLICT AFFECTED SITUATIONS
ACORD

ACORD has just released the results of its two year research into gender-sensitive programme design and planning in conflict-affected situations. Using oral testimony and PRA as its main research methods, the research describes the experiences of ordinary citizens in armed conflict
and aims to identify the link between gender relations and conflict through their eyes.

The research concludes that conflict has undoubtedly given women greater responsibilities, and with it the possibility of greater leverage in decision-making and political participation. However, major questions arise about the impact of conflict on men and on social, ethnic and age
distinctions, and hence about the capacity of 'gender and development' as currently practised to make sense of conflict.

Field research was carried out in:
* Sudan
* Somalia
* Uganda
* Mali
* Angola

Desk studies were carried out for:
* Eritrea
* Rwanda

The full Gender and Conflict research report, case studies, desk studies, methodology and workshop reports are available on the ACORD website at: www.acord.org.uk/b-resources.htm.

j. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: PEACEVOX WEBSITE
http://www.peacevox.com

PeaceVox is currently accepting submissions in all categories in its Visual, Written, and Spoken sections.

PeaceVox works to link the energies of the arts and peacebuilding. It reflects the experiences of people involved in conflict resolution, justice and peacebuilding work. PeaceVox explores the ways in which the arts can place experiences of conflict and injustice in context and encourage change and engagement. Informed by theories of social change, PeaceVox gives voice to those working for peace through a creative forum.

Current material showcased on PeaceVox includes the poem 'Inside the Maze' by John Paul Lederach, 'The Peacebuilder Action Figure' by Sarah Stewart, and selections from the Pontanima choir's Power of Diversity CD. PeaceVox also has a growing resources section related to conflict resolution and the arts, covering books, websites, music and film and video.

Submissions are not limited to those involved in peacebuilding in a professional, paying capacity. PeaceVox aims to give voice to a wide range of people involved in activities that strive for the establishment of a peaceful society.

For more information and to submit material, see http://www.peacevox.com or contact Editor Colleen Malone at email: editor peacevox.com.

k. FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS

The Progressive Response (PR) is a weekly service of Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF)--a "Think Tank Without Walls." A joint project of the Interhemispheric Resource Center and the Institute for Policy Studies, FPIF is an international network of analysts and activists dedicated to "making the U.S. a more responsible global leader and partner by advancing citizen movements and agendas." They encourage responses to the opinions expressed in the PR and may print them in the "Letters and Comments" section. For more information on FPIF and joining their network, visit the FPIF website at http://www.fpif.org/, or email: feedback fpif.org.

Tom Barry, editor of Progressive Response, is a senior analyst with the Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) (online at www.irc-online.org) and codirector of Foreign Policy In Focus. He can be contacted at: tom irc-online.org.

l. TRUTHOUT

An website and listserve based in California with regular listings and links to newspaper articles and commentary re conflict, environmental and other issues.

For further information, see: www.truthout.org

6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

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a. INTERNATIONAL ALERT: EURASIA SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER
Closing date for applications: 29th April 2013
Salary: GB £26,226 (the post is initially for one year)

International Alert is a non-governmental organisation working to help build just and lasting peace in areas of violent conflict. Based in London, Alert works with partner organisations in the field, and in research and advocacy.  Field areas include West Africa, the Great Lakes, Eurasia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Columbia.

The Eurasia Programme supports civil society peacebuilding in the Caucasus and in the wider Eurasia region. Current projects include the Caucasus NGO Forum, a network allowing for communication and trust-building between divided communities throughout the region; a confidence-building initiative between Georgian and Abkhaz societies; and a project focusing on the relationship between the regions of Georgia and the central government involving representatives from civil society organisations, local authorities and the Georgian state.

The Senior Programme Officer post is established to support the work of the Programme Manager in the strategic development and day-to-day management of the work in the Eurasia Programme.  The principal job purpose is to help the Caucasus Forum to implement its plan of activities in partnership with International Alert and the British East-West Centre. 

For further information, including job description, application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, see the International Alert website at: www.international-alert.org. Completed application forms and a completed copy of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be forwarded to: Vanessa Muir-Smith, International Alert, 1 Glyn Street, London SE11 5HT, UK; or via e-mail to: vmuir-smith international-alert.org, or gtergabrielian international-alert.org.

b. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EXCHANGE: REGISTER OF HEALTH WORKERS

International Health Exchange (IHE) assists relief and development organisations to recruit qualified and experienced health workers for programmes in developing countries.

We are looking to strengthen their health register in the following areas:
HIV/AIDS, HEALTH AND HYGIENE PROMOTERS, NUTRITIONISTS, FOOD SPECIALISTS, HEALTH CO-ORDINATORS

If you are a qualified health professional and have expertise in a different health area please visit the IHE website for details of how to join our main register of health workers.

Individuals applying under the above four specialist categories must have a relevant qualification and considerable experience. Candidates must be available for long or short-term postings or consultancies.  Developing country field experience is strongly preferred and second languages (French, Spanish or Portuguese) are an advantage.

To apply please send in your CV to Patrick Brooke at International Health Exchange, 134 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE or email: pat ihe.org.uk. Please state if you are current register member.

c. BOSTON CONSORTIUM FOR GENDER, PEACE, SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
Closing date for applications: 1st May 2013

The Boston Consortium for Gender, Peace, Security and Human Rights has been granted $650,000 US by the Ford Foundation to fund postdoctoral fellows at each of the member centers. The fellowships will focus on creating work environments in leading peace and security organizations that foster greater inclusion of the knowledge and perspectives of women of diverse backgrounds as well as enhanced attention to gender and diversity in research and policy analysis.

For further information, see: http://www.simmons.edu/gsm/cgo/jobposting.html or contact: Jodi DeLibertis, Administrative Manager, Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management, 409 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215, USA. Tel: +1 617-521-3876; Fax: +1 617-521-3878; Email: cgo simmons.edu.


 
 
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