On 25 November 2019, the Political Settlements Research Programme, the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Rift Valley Institute hosted a Joint Analysis Workshop on local peace processes in Nairobi, Kenya.
The workshop brought together leading researchers, peace-builders, mediators, and representatives from the United Nations, the UK Department for International Development, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the London School of Economics Conflict Research Programme, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Speakers included practitioners working within and to support local peace processes in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan. A report of findings from this workshop and an earlier Joint Analysis Workshop held in London will be published with the British Academy in 2020.
An initial PSRP publication by Laura Wise, Robert Forster, and Christine Bell on the opportunities and challenges for women’s engagement in local peace processes is now open access and free to download. The PA-X Local Peace Agreements Database is expected to be published in early 2020.
During the trip to Nairobi, PSRP researchers Christine Bell, Tim Epple, Jan Pospisil, Rebecca Sutton, and Laura Wise also held several bilateral sessions with policymakers to share findings from PSRP research and the PA-X Peace Agreements Database relating to the Horn of Africa region. A new policy memo on the delayed political settlement in South Sudan co-produced by LSE CRP and PSRP is now available to download.
Photo credit: Laura Wise