Dynamics Between Decentralisation and Peace Building


This paper gives food for discussion about the dynamics between decentralisation and peace building. It is stated that both decentralisation and peace building are means to create an integrated society. After distinguishing four dimensions of decentralisation we continue with a reflection on the necessities for the implementation of decentralisation.

Three general reflections follow, before going into depth about the special care the implementation in post-conflict areas takes. Besides describing some risks of decentralisation, questions are raised about home grown solutions and the role of the international community.

IKV Pax Christi 2011

IKV Pax Christi is a Dutch civil society organisation that works with its partners for peace, reconciliation and justice worldwide. We support local peace efforts in conflict areas. We build bridges, nurture mutual understanding and improve disrupted relations between groups. Our aim is to prevent conflict and to build a peaceful, democratic and just society.

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