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HandbookPublicationsScoping and Reviews

Scoping Missions Handbook

This lessons-learned document on mediation scoping missions was developed by mediatEUr staff as a follow-up to the scoping missions developed by the organisation in the context of mediatEUr’s project to support a European Institute of Peace (EIP). It is aimed at understanding the benefits and challenges of scoping missions, a tool used to assess the potential for mediation in specific conflict contexts, the primary focus of the EIP.   The guidance paper looks into some of the key concepts for mediation scoping: what is the definition of scoping? What are the main stages? What should…
mediatEUr
1 March, 2015
Annual ReportPublications

Annual Report 2014

2014, Mediation Support in Transition When do transitions require mediation? When is the best moment to intervene, engage and support, and how do we do it?  How do we evaluate the best moment for engagement in a peace process? Did efforts actually support, create and sustain peace? What institutions and organisations, what people and advocates do we need in order to produce more peace? How can we resource ourselves to be able to provide our services to those in need? At mediatEUr, we provided our humble contribution to world peace…
mediatEUr
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and ReviewsUN Standby Team

The Evolution of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts in Context

This synthesis report considers trends and issues in the context of international peace mediation and mediation support, and related them to the past, present and future operational needs of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, specifically to the Standby Team of Mediation Experts. In the last seven years, the mediation support field enjoyed an associated increase in the number of actors and a growing awareness of the complexity of the practice with a view to achieving sustainable peace. There is an increased tendency for indigenous mediation practice and for…
mediatEUr
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and Reviews

Third Party Inquiries: Lessons Learned from the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission of 2011

"A journey of a single step begins with a thousand miles". The teaching ascribed to the ancient Chinese philisopher Lao Tzu — "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" — can be turned on its head for the story of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC). As an independent international commission with a reconciliation and peacebuilding component in its mandate, and the first of its kind to be allowed into a country in Central Asia, what lessons can the international community learn from the KIC? In June…
mediatEUr
1 November, 2014
PublicationsScoping and Reviews

Evaluation of the Nonviolent Peaceforce Project with the Civilian Protection Component of the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao, Philippines

On 27 March 2014, after over forty years of Moro insurgency in Mindanao, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). An International Monitoring Team was put in place in 2004 to monitor the agreement, adding a unique Civilian Protection Component (CPC) in 2009. The CPC is led by three local NGOs and an international NGO (Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines – NP). In January 2014, NP awarded mediatEUr and Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) a contract to carry out…
mediatEUr
6 June, 2014
Mediation BriefPublications

Mediation Brief #3: Civil Society and Mediation

About this issue: In this speech, delivered at the Second Seminar of the Moroccan-Spanish Initiative on the Promotion of Mediation in the Mediterranean, "Concrete Actions for an Optimal Synergy in Mediation", Brendan McAllister reviews the role of civil society in the Northern Ireland conflict to explore the contribution it can make to mediation.
mediatEUr
1 October, 2013
European Institute of PeacePublicationsScoping and Reviews

Conducting an Assessment Before Operational Deployment: A Case Study from Kosovo, 2013

Using mediatEUr's mission to Kosovo earlier in 2013 as a case study, this report presents some of the key aspects in the design and deployment of a mediation assessment mission. The conduct of a mediation assessment of this kind has received comparatively little attention in conflict resolution literature. Instead, short-term crisis intervention commands most of the attention of the international community. Mediation is geared to the longer-term transformation of relationships, and works in an incremental way that makes it less likely to generate short-term results. This might make mediation, and…
mediatEUr
1 June, 2013
Mediation BriefPublications

Peace From Within, Help From Without: Engagement Between Indigenous Mediators and Helpful Outsiders

About this issue  In this paper, based on his experience as a mediator in Northern Ireland, Brendan McAllister: Explores the links between local and international actors Shares his experience as an insider mediator Outlines the phases of mediation development in Northern Ireland Analyses the benefits he drew from being personally exposed to international experience Lists the tasks of an international mediator This paper was originally prepared for a seminar on “Mediation in the Mediterranean: Developing Capacities and Synergies”, convened by the ‘Spanish-Moroccan Initiative on Mediation in the Mediterranean’ and the…
mediatEUr
4 April, 2013
PublicationsWomen, Peace and Security

Exploring the Gender-Sensitivity of Peace Agreement Texts

This report originates from a research commissioned by UN Women on the role of the “Women, Peace and Security” (WPS) agenda in peace processes and agreements and regional organisations, with a particular focus on post-June 2008 conflict-resolution efforts. Looking at 62 peace agreements in 38 peace processes from June 2008 to May 2012, one cannot avoid the fact that, twelve years after adopting UNSCR 1325, most peace agreements and official peace processes still do not capture gender-specific concerns and women´s needs and interests. In most peace agreements, references to WPS frameworks remain unsubstantial and abstract.…
mediatEUr
1 April, 2013