[Featured Resource] Building Justice and Peace From Below?

This week’s profiled resource is titled Building Justice and Peace From Below? Supporting Community Dispute Resolution in Asia and comes to us from @craigvalters and the Asia Foundation. This paper provides a bird’s-eye view of Asia Foundation’s thinking and practice in community dispute resolution in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. In doing so, it looks at how a program may (or may not) contribute to three different objectives: access to justice, improving social relations, and conflict reduction. This is the ninth paper in the series, Building Justice and Peace from Below? Supporting Community Dispute Resolution in Asia, which examines typical donor state building and peace building interventions.

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This paper analyzes how community dispute resolution interventions offer a promising alternative to typical donor statebuilding and peacebuilding interventions in three different countries. The findings show that resolving local disputes in this manner is generally more accessible, legitimate, and cheaper than formal courts in many developing and conflict-affected countries. The paper uses the Foundation’s experience to reflect on what can be achieved, and what ways of working are most effective. It also offers critical reflections for practitioners. This is the ninth paper in the Working Politically in Practice paper series.

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The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org.

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