Implementation: Success and Failure

Peace agreements are often poorly implemented; however, what we understand to be successful implementation of a peace agreement, or a good outcome from a peace process has received relatively little attention.  Is it that the commitments to action in the peace agreement are honoured, or that substantive outcomes are delivered?  Is the main indicator of success a reduction of deaths in conflict, or should other development conditions change?  In this theme we aim to contribute to how we understand implementation by 1) conceptualizing and measuring peace and failure; and 2) exploring processes of implementation and inclusive implementation.  More…

  • What are the different ways we can define and measure peace agreement ‘success’ or ‘failure’?
  • How could we measure the commitments made in peace agreements with outcomes across a range negative and positive peace indicators?
  • Can we factor in some assessment of what role different forms of inclusion played?
  • To what extent do different ways of defining and measuring ‘success’ tell tell even or uneven stories as to whether a process has been successful?
  • What do measuring attempts tell us about the ‘variable geometry’ of how governance, conflict, political bargaining, and development goals interact with each other?
  • In what ways are quantitative indicators themselves and attempts to measure success a global governance tool which risks supplanting local undertandings of what success would look like?