The Political Transformation of Armed and Banned Groups - Lessons Learned and Implications for International Support

2016. Author: Berghof Foundation, UNDP

This study was published by UNDP as part of its ongoing reflection regarding the transformation of armed and banned groups towards actors engaged in peaceful political activity. The paper seeks to answer several key questions: how can we define and explain successful political transformations on the part of armed and banned groups, and how can we account for varying degrees of success regarding integration into the formalised political landscape? What factors help or hinder armed and banned groups in the process of transitioning into actors capable of engaging in peaceful political activity, and willing to pursue their goals through peaceful means? Are there particular strategies or actions that international actors can pursue in order to help support such groups to undertake this transition? What are the lessons learned from past engagements by external actors, and which approaches/instruments can be nurtured to support such transitions, notably by UNDP?

  • Conflict Prevention
  • Research/Lessons Learned

Download (select language)