The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Natascha Zupan and Sylvia Servaes
“Unless Colombian NGOs successfully convey their multidimensional understanding of peace to the international development community, the paradoxical situation could quickly arise in which overseas funding for their work is ultimately linked to the perpetuation of the armed conflict, not to the attainment of a lasting peace.”
After the 2006 war in Lebanon and the ensuing political deadlock and escalation throughout 2007, the need for a more thorough understanding of the conflict and peacebuilding context and for reflection on options for peacebuilding by development and peace organisations became apparent. As a result, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs), the German Development Service (DED), the Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) and the Working Group on Development and Peace (FriEnt) jointly commissioned a study whose objective is twofold:
How does aid to transitional justice work? What are the patterns, types and causes of such aid? Research on transitional justice (TJ) has boomed in the last couple of decades. In recent years the policy world has also started assisting countries coming out of periods of massive violence. Yet even if this donor engagement emerged more than a decade ago, we still know little about the dynamics of external economic assistance to national transitional justice efforts. This study fills some of this gap.
Transitional justice is the process by which societies emerging from armed conflict or oppressive rule deal with the legacy of mass atrocity and past human rights abuse.