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Implementing local peace networks to reduce urban insecurity

Local peace networks work toward resolving community disputes, particularly in areas experiencing high levels of violence and social exclusion. This report gathers best practices for these networks.

Implementación de plataformas locales de paz urbana: Lecciones aprendidas

Las Plataformas Locales de Paz (PLP) son grupos que trabajan hacia la transformación de conflictos comunitarios, sobre todo en zonas con altos niveles de violencia y exclusión social. Su objetivo fundamental es transformar las fuentes de tensión y conflicto en comunidades y fortalecer las capacidades locales para la paz.

Implementing local peace networks in urban spaces: Lessons learned

Local peace networks (LPNs) are groups that work toward resolving community disputes, particularly in areas experiencing high levels of violence and social exclusion. Their underlying objective is to transform the conflict’s roots and build local capacities for peace. Each network is typically made up of six to 12 participants who become facilitators in their respective communities.

Mise en place de plateformes locales pour la paix en milieu urbain

Les plateformes locales pour la paix sont des groupes qui travaillent pour la transformation de conflits communautaires, en particulier dans des zones où les niveaux de violence et d’exclusion sociale sont élevés. Leur objectif fondamental est de transformer les sources de tension et de conflit dans les communautés et de renforcer les capacities locales pour la paix. Chaque micro-plateforme est généralement composée de 6 à 12 participants qui deviennent des facilitateurs dans leurs communautés respectives pour interagir ensuite sur une plateforme élargie.

Emerging from faith communities to address climate change

Religious leaders convene in Sri Lanka with scientists and activists to discuss connections between moral and scientific work to mitigate climate change. 

The peacemaking role of traditional leaders

Traditional leaders from Cameroon

Traditional leaders traveled to Nairobi to take part in an AFSC meeting on their role in dispute management. Participants included Fon Fobuzie Martin B. Asanji (left) and Fon Ngwefuni Fransua Nono (right) from northwest Cameroon and Dr. Chief Atem-Ebako Bisong from southwest Cameroon.

Maintaining peace is among the main roles played by traditional elders in many African societies, but as the nature of conflict changes, their ability to lead effectively is threatened. These challenges were discussed in a meeting of traditional leaders from seven countries, who came to Nairobi to examine how their role in conflict management is changing.

Seeds of economic growth, security lie beyond agriculture for many in Africa

Claudette selling items in Muramvya, Burundi

Claudette is part of an income-generating program with Biraturaba, an AFSC partner that works with returnees, internally displaced people, and ex-combatants in Burundi.

Entrepreneurs from Burundi, Benin, Mali, Zimbabwe and elsewhere gather to share skills and strategies for sustainable local economic development.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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