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Women political leaders and peacebuilding
NLD candidate meets the local contact_judithbluepool_(CC BY-NC 2.0) Clare Castillejo 12 May 2016
Over the past 15 years there has been growing recognition of the gender-differentiated impact of conflict, the opportunities to promote women’s rights that post-conflict peacebuilding processes provide and – crucially – the value that women bring to peacebuilding. Yet in many conflict-affected settings women’s participation and leaders... more  

Emerging powers

Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria
Bruno Geiger Airplane Pictures and Collection_Turlish_Airlines_Cargo_A310_TC_JCT_Turkish_Aid_for_Somalia_with CC licence from flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/brunogeiger/15778565858/in/photolist-q3igUW-drEa65-87Lrqn-87Lrjr-5Xut5m-5fkBBc-mjKr4C-d4We3s-mjHmTD-87LrBk-87PELj-mjGXhZ-pbmF76-mjHfNw-5fkBBD-7m4WfK-87PCa9-7iM1qC-87PBZC-87Lrfk-jC9ekK-87LsdM-8xndQ7-mjGWUW-87YoBm-pQfayr-8Gk8sE-87PDHA-87Lsi8-pbmF1K-pbmF5n-pbmF5x-pbmF2M-2fcxtD-dgTpAp-d4vDzu-87Ls4c-87Lsa6-87Lqix-87PDTL-87PCxJ-86M4Fv-87PCRG-d3yktC-87PCG7-d7qkxE-dtDKPA-mjKo6J-mjEXKM-eaexcz Pinar Tank 17 March 2015
This report examines the dynamics behind the Turkey's commitments as a humanitarian actor and compares the two critical cases of Somalia and Syria, observing them as proactive versus reactive instances of humanitarian policy. more  

Inclusivity and gender

Women in armed groups and fighting forces: lessons learned from gender-sensitive DDR programmes
Ex-combatants at work in new job in DRC by UNDP/Aude Rossignol under CC BY-NC-ND.2.0 Elisa Tarnaala 23 June 2016
Gender-sensitive DDR programming must be linked into the entire peace process, from the peace negotiations through peacekeeping and subsequent peacebuilding activities. This process should include issues such as identifying women and setting the appropriate criteria for their entering DDR processes; understanding identity issues and ob... more  

Global trends

Engaged societies, responsive states: The Social Contract in situations of conflict and fragility
Social Contract_Pulpolux (CC BY-NC 2.0) Marco Mezzera , David Sogge , Sarah Lister 27 April 2016
The social contract is the process by which everyone in a political community, either explicitly or tacitly, consents to state authority, thereby limiting some of her or his freedoms, in exchange for the state’s protection of their universal human rights and security and for the adequate provision of public goods and services. more  

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