BUILDING PEACE. SUSTAINABLE RECONCILIATION. IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES. JOHN PAUL LEDERACH. UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE PRESS. John Paul Lederach. This United States Institute of Peace Press publication argues that building peace requires a comprehensive approach. It provides. Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict.

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My job was to engage in longer term bottom-up grassroots work. And the thing that John Paul points out that isn’t totally obvious from this diagram is that often working at that mid-range level pual the most effective.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. What key ideas of theirs have you found particularly useful or influential? These are things that are of concern to people who have been victimized and engaged in conflict at the very bottom levels. For more information about this idea, you can see John Paul’s book Building Peace: Resources covering the destructive conflict dynamics, strategies for limiting those dynamics, and wise and equitable dispute resolution.

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In addition, this volume includes a chapter by practitioner John Prendergast that applies Lederach’s conceptual framework to ongoing conflicts in the Horn of Africa. Again, skipping to the bottom you have people who work with local citizens on the ground to deal with the day-to-day manifestations of the conflict. References to this book The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Marrying wisdom, insight, and passion, Lederach explains why we need to move beyond “traditional” diplomacy, which often emphasizes top-level leaders and short-term objectives, toward a holistic approach that stresses the multiplicity of peacemakers, long-term perspectives, and the need to create an infrastructure that empowers resources within a society and maximizes contributions from outside.

These are insiders who are involved in the conflict who are still able to work across the conflict lines to try to bring opposing people together. First published in in his seminl book Building Peacethis “pyramid” or “triangle,” as it is called is referred to and used by many peacebuilding scholars and practitioners.


Lederach’s theories of elicitive methods of conflict resolution have been influential [ how? This diagram shows Lederach’s key idea that there are three different levels of leadership involved at any conflict, and different approaches to building peace that are appropriate to use at each level. Colleague Activities Find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing.

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Most attention usually goes to top level leadership, the military, political, and religious leaders that have high visibility. Sophisticated yet pragmatic, the volume explores the dynamics of contemporary conflict and presents an integrated framework for peacebuilding in which structure, process, resources, training, and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and effect reconciliation.

And then again, you have things that you do at the mid-range. Check out our Quick Start Guide. Don’t miss upcoming posts, signup for the Newsletter. During this time from he was also active with the Mennonite Central Committee serving for a time as the Director of the Mennonite Conciliation Service. This is a set of ideas that appears in this diagram from page 39 of his seminal book entitled Building Peace which was published in by the US Institute of Peace Press. They can work between the top and the bottom and across the middle horizontally.

At the grassroots, there’s local leaders of local communities, there’s leaders of indigenous NGOs, there’s people working as community developers, local health officials, local education officials, refugee camp leaders.

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This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat So the most interesting thing about this diagram is that you’ve got the three levels of a conflict-affected population that have few at the top, many at the bottom, and different ways of addressing each bullding those levels. Lederach was born in Indiana into the family of a local preacher, whom he was named after.

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They’re usually led by highly ledderach people, often just single mediators who are trying to work out a be-all and end-all agreement. I’m on my way ‘ “.

The mid-level leadership also can be involved in training and conflict resolution and peace commissions, but generally at a higher level than at the grassroots level. He has written widely on conflict resolution and mediation. These discussions are more grounded in the needs that you see at the bottom level, and often create interesting opportunities for breakthroughs that you couldn’t get at either of those other two levels.

So they have more connections to more people and more ability to come up with creative ideas than most of the other people.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: This is when you get mid-level people from both sides of a conflict to sit down and examine the human needs that each side of the conflict has, and try to figure out a way that those human needs can be met by both sides simultaneously.

One thing that’s frequently done with mid-range leaders is what’s called problem-solving workshops or interactive problem solving.

An exploration of the dynamic of conflict and presentation of a framework for peace building in which structure, process, resources, training and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and affect reconciliation.

People who represent more than just themselves, but don’t really have ties to higher levels of organization or action.