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.
This report gathers observations and recommendations from participants in “Developing Conflict Analysis Tools for the Local Peace Networks,” a Dialogue and Exchange Program hosted by the American Friends Service Committee in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in September 2012.
Prior to this conference, practitioners had applied a number of LPN-related tools in Guatemala and Haiti to reduce urban insecurity. The conference in Haiti allowed practitioners to pull together their experiences and clarify methodology.
Together with its local partners, AFSC has played a pivotal role in the development of local peace networks.