19 April 2018: At times of crises, establishing effective communication with the population is crucial in order to ensure that aid delivery meets the actual needs of those affected. Through the use of the media and other channels, humanitarian organisations and local communities can engage in a communication exchange that allows them to both convey and receive information as part of a two-way process. This approach, which is increasingly being adopted in humanitarian work, asks us to re-think ‘communication’ and to expand our view on what we regard as ‘media’.
Despite substantial progress in elevating atrocity prevention as a global goal, civilian populations in far too many places across the world are still suffering from egregious crimes. To protect populations from the risk of mass atrocities, local peacebuilders have long engaged in efforts to bridge divisions in their communities and find local solutions to conflict.
07 March 2018: Peacebuilders have long tried to bring peacebuilding out of the shadows and into the light, but it remains poorly seen and poorly understood. Why is that and what can they learn?
If conflict prevention works why is it so little and so poorly understood?
22 December 2017: There is an ongoing crisis in Cameroon. Thousands have fled the English-speaking areas of the country because of violence and unrest, and many are calling for an independent state. What has the government done to alleviate this situation, and does it go far enough?
For several decades, the minority English-speaking community in Cameroon has been expressing its disillusionment with the reunification process that brought the English and the French-speaking parts of the country together in 1961.
Within a 100-day span in the spring and summer of 1994 the Rwandan genocide claimed the lives of an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsis and their sympathisers. A generation has since past yet Rwandans, old and young alike, are continuing to experience post-genocide trauma. Why is this the case and what can be done to counter this enduring trauma?