The Owl and the Dove
The Owl and the Dove
Knowledge Strategies to Improve the Peacebuilding Practice of Local Non-Governmental Organisations
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Table of contents - 6 List of abbreviations - 14 List of tables, figures and text boxes - 16 Acknowledgements - 18 Introduction - 20 PART I. CIVIL SOCIETY, KNOWLEDGE AND PEACEBUILDING - 32 Chapter 1. Pieces of peace - 36 Chapter 2. Recipes for peace? - 77 Chapter 3. Processes, actors, relationships - 108 PART II. STRUCTURE AND AGENCY IN THE KNOWLEDGE STRATEGIES OF SOUTHERN PEACE NGOS - 172 Chapter 4. One way street? - 175 Chapter 5. Practice to knowledge and knowledge to practice - 224 Chapter 6. Hubs and links - 302 PART III. FACILITATING THE KNOWLEDGE STRATEGIES OF SOUTHERN PEACE NGOS: TWO CASE STUDIES - 356 Chapter 7. Running a global network - 358 Chapter 8. Action learning for peace - 396 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS - 434 Chapter 9. Conclusions and recommendations - 436 Dutch summary - 464 Sources - 468 Annex 1. GPPAC survey statistics per region - 490 Annex 2. Excerpts from GPPAC global survey reports - 492

Willemijn Verkoren

The Owl and the Dove

Knowledge Strategies to Improve the Peacebuilding Practice of Local Non-Governmental Organisations

Local non-governmental organisations in conflict-torn countries find themselves in rapidly changing circumstances. This calls for flexibility and the capacity to learn. Locally appropriate ways to deal with conflict are needed but difficult to find. Peacebuilders (the dove) face various constraints as they develop and share their knowledge (the owl). Based on research carried out mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the Philippines, The Owl and the Dove maps these elements in order to find out how peace workers can become more effective learners. It pays attention to exchanges with donor organisations, knowledge institutions and networks.The book makes concrete recommendations for capacity building, organisational learning, research, and networking, so that these activities may help overcome structural inequalities and constraints, strengthen the learning capacity of peacebuilders, and improve the global knowledge base for better peace policy and practice.

Willemijn Verkoren

Willemijn Verkoren is a historian and political scientist. She did her PhD research at the Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt).Currently she works as assistant professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) of the Radboud University Nijmegen.