[Featured Resource] Can We Teach Peace and Conflict Resolution?

This week’s resource is from Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Yale University, who studied one of Liberia’s largest peace building programs for answers. This resource focuses on the results of a community empowerment program and was initially reviewed by @lauragoodwin and @vivekmaru during their review of all available evidence on civil society-led legal empowerment efforts.

More about Can We Teach Peace and Conflict Resolution? Results from a Randomized Evaluation of the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in Liberia: A Program to Build Peace, Human Rights, and Civic Participation:

The CEP was an intensive community education campaign that focused on civic education, human rights, and community collective action. Above all, the program attempted to impart knowledge and skills to foster dialogue and non-violent conflict resolution.Overall, the evidence suggests that the education campaign stimulated dialogue and provided some skills and knowledge for non-retributive dispute resolution. This suggests to us that NGOs and governments indeed have the potential to shift norms and paradigms of conflict, especially when the formal rule of law and customary governance are weak.

You can access the resource in our library at the following link:

You can also access the other studies included in the review of civil society-led legal empowerment efforts here.

Please let us know your thoughts on these resources or whether you have questions for the authors.


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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