The Role of Political Dialogue in Peacebuilding and Statebuilding - An Interpretation of Current Experience

2011. Author: Andries Odendaal

The report reviews experiences with political dialogue in a broad range of countries and based on this identifies four main types of dialogues (high-level or summit dialogues, track two interventions, political dialogue, and multi-level dialogue), and presents preconditions for successful dialogue. The paper also proposes five strategies that may contribute to effective political dialogue: support to enhancing the dialogue capabilities of the collective leadership; the establishment of ‘infrastructures for peace’; strengthening the interdependence between planning processes and political dialogue; attention to the problem of implementing results of political dialogue processes; and support to specialist institutions.

The report was submitted to the Working Group on Political Dialogue of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.

  • Dialogue Process
  • Research/Lessons Learned

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