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Free Asia Foundation’s Beyond the Toolkit: Supporting Peace Processes in Asia

In recent years there have been growing calls for new approaches to supporting peace in post-conflict contexts, as current peacebuilding models do not accurately reflect what we know about the nature of conflict, how it ends, and how peace processes are sustained and peace consolidated. To address these issues, The Asia Foundation has launched Beyond the Toolkit: Supporting Peace Processes in Asia, the fourth paper in the Working Politically in Practice series.

This fourth paper in the series, Beyond the Toolkit: Supporting Peace Processes in Asia, posits that existing peace process support models do not refect what we know about the nature of confict, how it ends, and how peace processes are sustained and peace consolidated. This is true everywhere but especially so in the context of confict in non-fragile settings. New ways of working are needed to ensure that peace support work connects with the realities faced by confict-affected countries. One alternative lies in learning from the ‘thinking and working politically’ agenda – with its focus on more nationally and locally led and politically astute ways of working.

The paper provides an initial conceptual framing of the Foundation’s approach to peace support to capture existing knowledge about how conficts – broadly speaking – end and the nature of post-confict transitions. It also briefy outlines key insights on what fexible programming means in practice, using examples from the Foundation’s experience undertaking peace support activities in the Philippines, Myanmar and Nepal. These insights may be of particular interest to practitioners interested in exploring new ways for supporting peace processes, in Asia and beyond.

KEY COMPONENTS OF THE PEACEBUILDING TOOLKIT

In practice, peacebuilding is delivered through a set of common components that help to establish the liberal values that are seen as key to peace. This involves a long list of sequenced activities, including:

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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