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Bridging the Gap - Examining the Local Dimensions of International Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Project funded by own resources
Project title Bridging the Gap - Examining the Local Dimensions of International Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Principal Investigator(s) Goetschel, Laurent
Project Members Hellmüller, Sara Anna
Organisation / Research unit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Politikwissenschaft (Goetschel),
swisspeace foundation / Peace Research (Goetschel)
Project start 01.01.2011
Probable end 31.12.2013
Status Completed
Abstract The research project treats the significance, the implications and the potential of what is called the “local dimension” in international peacebuilding programs. Theoretically, it is located within the various strands of critical debates about peacebuilding ranging from the critiques of “liberal peacebuilding” to the supporters of communitarian approaches. Politically, it follows the post-1992 Agenda for Peace debates about the potential and limitations of international peacebuilding. Methodologically, it aims at confronting macro-level policy reasoning with field-based data gathered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Local ownership” has become a frequently used term both in research and in policy. It refers to the extent to which domestic actors control the design and the implementation of political processes, which includes peacebuilding processes. While the connotation of the term is generally positive, its precise meaning and its implications remain largely under-defined and under-researched. The dissertation is structured around three propositions, namely (1) that the sustainability of peace largely depends upon the way in which local actors and institutions are brought into peacebuilding initiatives, (2) that understanding the interactions between local and international actors as well as promoting a well designed and structured relationship between them increases the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs, and (3) that a proper understanding of the different symbolic and cultural perspectives of peacebuilding actors facilitates the coordination of efforts to effectively build peace. The propositions are worked through in the framework of a PhD-Thesis looking at the implications of the absence or integration of local perspectives in reconciliation programs on the relations between antagonistic communities in a post-conflict society (the DRC). The general assumption of the study is that effective cooperation between international and local actors enhances the probability that peacebuilding will be successful in the long run, i.e. that the respective populations will not return to organized violence.
Keywords Local ownership, culture, cooperation, local peacebuilding
Financed by Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
992695  Hellmüller, Sara  Bridging the Disconnect: Integrating Local Perspectives in Peace Processes      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
992728  Hellmüller, Sara  The Role of the International Community  978-3-908230-81-6    Publication: ConferencePaper (Artikel, die in Tagungsbänden erschienen sind) 
992735  Hellmüller, Sara  DR Congo: Local and International Roles in Reconciliation      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
1457899  Hellmüller, Sara  The Ambiguities of Local Ownership: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo    African Security  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3015424  Hellmüller, Sara  République Démocratique du Congo : une lueur d'espoir?    Diplomatie  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3015427  Hellmüller, Sara  Que signifie la paix en République Démocratique du Congo    Annuaire français de relations internationales  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3015429  Hellmüller, Sara  A story of mutual adaptation? : the interaction between local and international peacebuilding actors in Ituri  2164-7259  Peacebuilding  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3015432  Hellmueller, Sara  The power of perceptions : localizing international peacebuilding approaches  1353-3312  International peacekeeping  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3015434  Hellmüller, Sara; Santschi, Martina  Is local beautiful? : peacebuilding between international interventions and locally led initiatives  2193-3162 ; 2193-3170 ; 978-3-319-00305-4 ; 978-3-319-00306-1    Publication: Edited Book (Herausgeber eines eigenständigen Buches) 
3015436  Hellmüller, Sara  Owners or partners? : A critical analysis of the principle of local ownership  978-3-319-00305-4 ; 3-319-00305-4  Is local beautiful? : Peacebuilding between international interventions and locally led initiatives  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3015437  Hellmüller, Sara  Mediation Perspectives: Localizing Peace Processes in DR Congo      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
3015447  Hellmüller, Sara  "Explaining the Congo wars”, Book review of “Congo” by Thomas Turner  0032-3179  The political quarterly  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
   

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