01 September 2017: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on local peacebuilding in Kashmir, female foreign fighters in ISIS, and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.
Kashmir line of control and grassroots peacebuilding
In the last ten years, grassroots interactions and cross-LoC CBMs have failed to expand beyond the initial stage. Except for a limited trade lobby, grassroots efforts have not been organized to effect substantial changes. Despite a lack of push, however, cross-LoC interactions have survived a fractious India-Pak relationship, rising border tensions, and frequent ceasefire violations.
Kashmir line of control and grassroots peacebuilding, from USIP, explores the impact of grassroots peacebuilding activities addressing issues around the Kashmir line of control. The report argues that despite work by civil society on both sides of the de-facto border, the impact has been limited. Recommendations are given on how this can be improved.
The impact of social media and digital technology on electoral violence in Kenya
[W]hile social media and digital tools can amplify and facilitate violence, with improved communication and monitoring, cell phone technology also aids, in real time, the distribution of information to security forces and other responders on an operational level, helping them to effectively respond to the violence.
The impact of social media and digital technology on electoral violence in Kenya, from the Institute of Development Studies, explores how the widespread availability and use of digital technology has impacted peace and conflict in Kenya. The research finds that the technology has both negative (such as being used to incite violence) and positive (for example contributing to early warning) effects.
Jihadi brides or female foreign fighters? Women in Da’esh – from recruitment to sentencing
Women in Da’esh are far more than what the media has presented as “jihadi brides” on the search for “jihadi eye candy”. Women join Da’esh for the same varied reasons as men: seeking a sense of belonging and community, adventure, an environment to safely practice their faith free from stigma and discrimination, and a wish to further the Islamic Caliphate.
Jihadi brides or female foreign fighters, from PRIO, looks at why women join ISIS, and their roles with the group. The paper also explores how gendered ideas of extremism influence how women are treated when they return, for example often receiving lighter punishments then men in similar circumstances.
A fresh perspective on security concerns among Malian civil society
[T]hese initial research results show that civil society in Mali has not been passively waiting for governmental or international support. Many initiatives have been taken at the grassroots level, sometimes outside of state control, to tackle the impact of a lack of services and security. Youth have been mobilized to patrol the streets at night in some areas, and dialogues have been organized between local populations and the security authorities.
A fresh perspective on security concerns among Malian civil society, from SIPRI, presents the results of a survey of Malian civil society into how they perceive security in thier country. More than 100 respondents shared their views on issues such as the effectiveness of national security actors, confidence in formal institutions, and major sources of insecurity.
Conflict Trends 2017/2
The latest edition of Conflict Trends, from ACCORD, features articles on countering violent extremism in Africa, tackling hate speech in Kenya and South Africa, and the role of youth in mediation.
IDB Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development
The Islamic Development Bank Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development was established to draw international attention to the role women play in developing their communities and the world. The theme of this years prize is peace and stability. Prizes are available for both organisations and individuals. Deadline: 30 November 2017. Find out more
Public Peace Prize
The Public Peace Prize is the only peace award for which the candidates are proposed, nominated and supported simply by citizens of the world. This mark of recognition allows everyone to offer their appreciation for initiatives and for people, known or unknown, who are working for reconciliation, non-violence and mutual aid. Deadline: 1 January 2018 Find out more
The North-South Prize distinguishes each year two people, one from the north, the other from the south, who have excelled in their commitment to human rights, democracy and rule of law, contributing to the north-south dialogue and interdependence. Deadline: 15 September 2017 Find out more
Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund
The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute is seeking applications for its Social Justice Fund to support grassroots activist projects. Priority is given to groups with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. Deadline: 2 October 2017. Find out more
Human Rights Prize of the French Republic
Applications are open for the 2017 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic. The prize recognises and supports the completion of individual or collective projects carried out in the field, in France or abroad, regardless of nationality or borders. Five prize winners will share €70,000. Deadline: 15 October 2017 Find out more
The Grinnell Prize aims to support and inspire innovative social change makers throughout the world. Winners of the Prize become part of a network of passionate visionaries who are both effecting change themselves and inspiring future generations to do the same. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded. The Prize is open to all individuals from all over the world. Deadline: 9 October 2017 Find out more
CISV International Peace Fund
CISV International is seeking applications for its Peace Fund. The aim of CISV is to help their participants develop the skills they need to become informed, responsible and active global citizens and make a difference in their communities and the world. Deadline: 31 October 2017 Find out more
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