Graceworks

Peacebuilding

   

Peacebuilding normally focuses on elite level negotiations, but without social change at the grassroots level this is unlikely to achieve sustainable peace. What is needed is interventions at community level, which involves helping communities to understand the nature of the conflict, their role in perpetuating it, and making them realise how a shift in their attitudes and actions can bring lasting peace.

One of the ways we do this is through participatory arts activities, which creates a space outside of daily living where people can safely talk about taboo issues and begin to imagine new ways of acting and thinking.

In regions affected by deep poverty and conflict, peacebuilding and community development must work hand in hand, and this is what we are trying to achieve. We therefore see peacebuilding as an integral component of the community development education work that we do in conflict affected areas.

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