Local Leadership to Local Ownership – An Essential Element for Effective Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

2018. Author: Interpeace

This is a short policy note explaining some of the core issues surrounding the concepts of local ownership and local leadership in peacebuilding and peacemaking processes. The note covers three key questions: Why is local ownership important for peace?; What is ‘Local Ownership’ and ‘Local Leadership’ in the context of peacebuilding?; and Why is local ownership hard to foster and enable?

It also provides: Brief examples of tools and approaches that enable local leadership and local ownership on- the-ground; and a summary of key recommendations from the UN -World Bank Pathways for Peace report that relate to enabling greater local leadership. (Appendix A)

  • Conflict Prevention
  • Policy/Strategic Framework
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