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31 Dec 2008 description

Summary

Incentives and sanctions are used by external actors to try to stop armed conflicts in the short term. But are they effective in promoting peace? This research by Conciliation Resources argues that these instruments are often not used as part of a broader strategy aimed at resolving conflict. They are often a confused mix of coercion and assistance, which neither force nor encourage the conflict parties towards a negotiated settlement.

30 Sep 2008 description

Editorial

When the emergency is over

Psychosocial support programmes often start with an emergency – natural or manmade, and get a lot of focus in the response phase and into recovery. When things are back to normal, it is not always evident how to take care of newly developed resources. We do not, however, have to look for long to see that these capacities, if managed well, can make all the difference next time around.