Author: Rosan Smits and Serena Cruz Publisher: Clingendael Conflict Research Unit
Stressing the need to move beyond the “rape as a weapon of war” narrative, the authors of this report recommend reducing gender-based violence in the DRC by recognizing and addressing gender relations directly. Men, for example, should be “co-empowered” alongside women, and men should be encouraged to discuss their own frustrations and design their own strategies to modify masculine roles in ways that benefit both men and women.
Author: John Carnochan, et al. Publisher: World Health Organization
This report lays out the public health approach to violence prevention and urges other organizations to join in the four step process of (1) systematically collecting violence-related data, (2) analyzing this data to determine correlates and causes, (3) conceiving strategies that prevent the situations where violence happens, (4) and then implementing those strategies alongside data collection. Evidence-based successes are given.
Author: Jon Bennett, et al. Publisher: Several donor organizations
This broad review finds that conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Southern Sudan between 2005 and 2010 overemphasized basic service provision and neglected programs in security, policing and the rule of law. Implementation of these security sector programs would have required political engagement and long-term planning; both of which were broadly absent.
Publisher: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), 2011 Author: Deedee Derksen
In this analysis of the first ten months of the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program – a program designed to entice combatants into other pursuits – the author critiques the program's focus on speed and numbers at the expense of quality. He recommends linking reintegration with reconciliation and community-based structures.
Yemen: Understanding Societal Dynamics: Behind the Current Crisis
Date/Time: Monday, October 31, 2011, 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: MC10-100, World Bank, Washington DC Presenter: Alexandre Marc, Lead Social Development Specialist, SDV Chair: Franck Bousquet, Sector Manager, MNSSD Discussant: Colin S. Scott, Lead Specialist, MNSSO
Event description: This BBL will present the findings of two studies conducted by the Social Development Department on Yemen. The first is a social and political analysis conducted as part of SDV’s flagship study ‘Societal Dynamics and Fragility.’ The second is a political economy analysis focusing on issues of displacement created by the current crisis. The event will be recorded and made available online.
Panel Discussion on PSIAs in Fragile Situations: "Can we use PSIAs in rapidly changing policy environments to bring about sustainable, pro-poor reform?"
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: I 2-220, World Bank, Washington DC Moderator:
Elisabeth Huybens, Sector Manager, SDV
Kathleen Kuenhast, Director, Gender and Peacebuilding Center, USIP
Caroline Pearce, Head of IFI Relations, Oxfam International
Tim Conway, Senior Poverty Advisor, DFID
Maria Correia, Sector Manager, SAR
Event description: The panel will discuss when and what types of PSIAs might be appropriate in politically unstable situations where there is also pressure for rapid policy change.
Capacity Development for Post-conflict Statebuilding: Reflections from West Africa
Date/Time: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: MC C2-131, World Bank, Washington, DC Presenter:
Peter Morgan, Capacity Development Expert
Neil Levine, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
Sima Kanaan, Practice Manager, Fragile States, World Bank Institute
Event description: This BBL will launch a World Bank/UNDP discussion paper entitled “International Support for Capacity Development in Post-conflict States.” Lunch will be provided.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Author: Steven Pinker, Harvard University Publisher: Viking Adult, October 2011
According to this book by Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, violence among humans has been falling for millennia. He devotes about two-thirds of the book to demonstrating this claim with historical data and analysis. Then, he explains why and how he believes people are evolving into a more peaceful co-existence. He argues that our "inner demons" are slowly losing out to our "better angels" of cooperation, altruism and feminism, among others.
Based in Montreal, Canada, ICPC is the only international organization dedicated exclusively to crime prevention and community safety. It was established in 1994 with the collaboration of several UN agencies to facilitate an emerging consensus on the role of governments, particularly cities, in promoting safety.
To improve knowledge and understanding of sexual violence in conflict, several organizations have collaborated to develop the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS). The GBVIMS includes a gender-based violence classification tool, intake and consent form, incident recorder and information sharing protocol template. Through these tools, the GBVIMS not only helps service providers collect quality data and analyze data but also enables safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data. Partnering organizations include the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). For more information, contact Diana Arango, GBV Information Management System Project Manager, UNFPA (email@example.com).