Overall Trend: Worsening developments in the security, institutional, and political sectors created an overall deteriorated situation during this reporting period and a resulting high potential for violent conflict stemming from the political and security sectors remains possible.
THE GENERAL SITUATION
The general situation in Guinea-Bissau deteriorated during this month.
This June issue of The Bissau Monitor is produced after the disclosure of the first round of presidential election results.
June 30, 2009 - Ottawa, Ontario - The international community's response to the need for providing election support to Guinea-Bissau was impressive. However, the success of the first round of Presidential elections does not mean that the international community can now become complacent.
Political violence typically occurs during the post-election period.
By Evan Hoffman
The Utility of a Small Grants Fund as a Tool for Preventing Violent Conflict
Increasingly, it would seem that more NGOs are concerned with preventing conflicts from becoming violent. Their approach to achieving this goal, however, can vary widely.
Even a cursory review of the conflict prevention literature will quickly reveal that there are numerous tools which can be utilized to help prevent violent conflicts from emerging from those which are nonviolent.
Overall Trend: Minor Improvements in most sectors, high potential for violent conflict stemming from the political and security sectors.
THE GENERAL SITUATION
The general situation in Guinea- Bissau can be considered to be evolving in a positive way. The following findings do not show any deterioration in the situation during the month of May.(1) The most remarkable development remains the noticeable commitment of the bilateral and multilateral partners to support the transition of power within the country by providing funds or offering political support.
June 1, 2009 - Ottawa, Ontario - The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), an Ottawa-based NGO dedicated to the prevention and resolution of political violence, urges UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to be immediately responsive to calls for increased assistance from Guinea-Bissau, a small, impoverished West African country.
Recent news reports state that Carlos Gomes Junior, Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, dealing with the impact of the recent murders of the country's President and the Head of the Armed Forces, has called for UN assistance to fight …
This newsletter contains the following
articles with a focus on Sri Lanka, Liberia, and other regions:
- Executive Director's Vision
- Health As A Bridge To Peace In Sri Lanka?
- The Peace Guerilla Handbook
- CIIAN Trains Mediators for Carter Center's "Shadetree Lawyers" in Liberia
- YMCA Mediates Disputes Not Covered By Legal Aid
- Mediator Helps Disabled Travel
- Transforming Social Capital into Peace Building
This newsletter includes the following
articles with focus on the situation in Balcans, Guinea Bissau.
- Mediation Outcomes and Sustainable Peace By Evan Hoffman
- Global WARN: Global Warning & Response Network
- The Dialogues Project in Mostar: Bridging People and Identities
- Mission Still Possible: Three Keys to Peace and Prosperity in Guinea-Bissau
- CIIAN's Violence Prevention Blog
- The Peace Guerilla's Handbook: Violence Prevention and Peacebuilding Praxis
CIIAN's Violence Prevention Early Response
Unit Goes Operational
Recognizing the need for a fast-acting mechanism that can respond in cases of potential or actual violence, a new Early Response (ER) Unit has been formed by CIIAN. The new ER Unit provides critical services both domestically within Canada and internationally in unstable situations and fragile states.
The problem of fragile, failing and failed
states is a critical issue on today's international scene, and the question
of preventing violence is especially acute for many countries. New ways
need to be found to tackle this violence, if such countries are to have
true hopes of stability and then also of coherence and well-being. This
was the primary concern of the multi-year, practical, learning effort entitled
the International Peace and Prosperity Project (IPPP) in Guinea-Bissau.