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People Building Peace II: Successful Stories of Civil Society

Paul van Tongeren, Malin Brenk, Marte Hellema, and Juliette Verhoeven, editors
People Building Peace II: Successful Stories of Civil Society
ISBN: 978-1-58826-358-2
ISBN: 978-1-58826-383-4
2005/695 pages/LC: 2005000412
Published in association with the European Centre for Conflict Prevention

"Important, impressive, thought-provoking and action-motivating. I recommend this with enthusiasm."—Michael J. Lenaghan, International Journal on World Peace


Individuals can make a difference working for peace worldwide. That is the message of People Building Peace II, an inspiring collection of stories of how "ordinary" men and women have played a crucial part in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Thematic chapters, illustrated with compelling case studies, present new trends in the role of civil society in conflict transformation. The cases reflect the variety of activities initiated and sustained by a broad range of actors, including women's groups, youth groups, and faith-based organizations. Such topics as reconciliation, dialogue, networking, and traditional methods of conflict resolution are among the topics thoroughly explored, as are the successful initiatives of lesser-known NGOs.

The resulting rich tapestry, an outcome of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, is an invaluable compendium of best practices and lessons learned, and at the same time a stirring call to action.


Paul van Tongeren is secretary general of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Malin Brenk is program advisor at the Life & Peace Institute. Marte Hellema is a program manager at HIVOS. Juliette Verhoeven is a program officer at FORUM-ASIA.


  • Introduction.
  • Weaving the Web: Civil Society Roles in Working with Conflict and Building Peace—C. Barnes.
  • Discourses on Peace Practices: Learning to Change by Learning from Change?—C. Reimann and N. Ropers.
  • Effective Regional Networks and Partnerships—A. Serbin.
  • UN Civil Society Interactions: Working Together for Peace—J. Clark.
  • The War on Terror: Effects on Civil Society Actors in the Field of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding—K.P. Clements.
  • People Building Peace: Key Messages and Essential Findings—P. van Tongeren, J. Verhoeven, and J. Wake.
  • Women: Using the Gender Lens—L. Schirch and M. Sewak.
  • Youth: Protagonists for Peace—L.R. Carter and M. Shipler.
  • The Media: Reaching Hearts and Minds—F. Rolt.
  • Faith Based Organizations: The Religious Dimensions of Peacebuilding —D. Johnston.
  • Education That Makes a Difference—T.S. Jones.
  • The Arts and Peacebuilding: Using Imagination and Creativity—J.P. Lederach.
  • The Peacebuilding Potential of Local BusinessesN. Killick and C. Gündüz.
  • Diasporas: Untapped Potential for Peacebuilding in the Homelands—A.A. Mohamoud.
  • Civilian Peacekeepers: Creating a Safe Environment for Peacebuilding —T. Wallis and C. Samayoa.
  • Development: No Development Without Peace, No Peace Without Development—M. Brenk and H. van de Veen.
  • Early Warning and Early Response: Preventing Violent Conflicts—T.Z. Suifon.
  • Traditional and Local Conflict ResolutionJ. Malan.
  • Dialogue Based Processes: A Vehicle for Peacebuilding—E. Kaufman.
  • Campaigning to Create Awareness: How to Influence People and Change the World—R. Peters.
  • Civil Society: Participating in Peace Processes—C. McKeon.
  • Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Not Only a Job for Soldiers—S. Faltas and W. C. Paes.
  • Reconciliation: Challenges, Responses, and the Role of Civil Society—H. Assefa