Peace is for Everyone: Bangsamoro stories of hope, survival, pain and resilience

Peace is for Everyone, authored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) – a Mindanao-based non-governmental research institution – gathers the experiences of over 300 men and women in Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Marawi, Iligan, Cotabato and Isabela. Weaved together, these individual stories provide a collective account of the Bagsamoro people over the past decades of conflict, their views on the present situation, as well as their hopes for the future. The book will be officially launched on July 12 in Marawi City and July 13 in Cotabato City.

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The Value of Listening to Community Voices: A Peacebuilding Approach to Armed Social ViolenceThe Value of Listening to Community Voices: A Peacebuilding Approach to Armed Social Violence

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: The Berghof Foundation
Publication date: October 2016

In an article entitled The Value of Listening to Community Voices: A Peacebuilding Approach to Armed Social Violence, CPCS contributes to the Berghof Handbook Dialogue No. 12, which explores the merits of applying peacebuilding approaches to address armed social violence.

The article proposes using Listening Methodology, a conflict transformation research methodology that CPCS uses to better appreciate conflict dynamics and measure the effectiveness of interventions aimed at addressing not only of the manifestations but also the structural causes of violence. Listening Methodology seeks to listen and amplify the voices of communities directly affected by violent conflict. This is based on the understanding that those directly affected by violent conflict often have key insights that need to be considered to design effective, context-sensitive policies and interventions. This is particularly relevant given that one of the drivers of both political and armed social violence often is grievance due to marginalization, which can be addressed by providing spaces for those often ignored to express their frustrations.

For Building Relationships Across Divides: Peace and Conflict Analysis of Kachin State, 2016

Building Relationships Across Divides: Peace and Conflict Analysis of Kachin State, 2016

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: October 2016

Building Relationships Across Divides: Peace and Conflict Analysis of Kachin State, 2016 is an analysis of conflict in Kachin State since 2011, after the ceasefire signed in 1994 between the Central Government and the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) broke down. This analysis applies systems thinking to the conflict in Kachin State and presents a community perspective of the present conflict situation, as well as opportunities for peace, based on and informed by a series of conversations with community leaders in Myitkyina, the state capital. As a result, several key driving factors that shape the conflict are mapped as systems that illustrate the Kachin State conflict. Furthermore, leverage points for interventions are illustrated in order to emphasise the relationships between different dynamics of the Kachin State conflict and to encourage intervention that is meaningful, sustainable, amplifies factors for peace, and renews relationships and trust between those involved and affected by conflict in Kachin State.



noah presentationThe Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme is unique in the field of conflict transformation though its utilization of a hybrid academic-practitioner perspective.

The part-time programme, provided in partnership with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, offers a thorough, rigorous, dynamic and state-of-the-art approach, drawing on the latest developments in the field and contextual peace practices throughout Asia.



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The overarching framework for CPCS’ approach is anchored on the principles of demand-driven interventions that address the requirements of the stakeholders and the underlying causes of the conflict:


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The East West Management Institute (EWMI) is accepting donations for the Cambodia Peace Museum on behalf of CPCS


Towards national reconciliation: A peace museum for Cambodians

CPCS is in the process of establishing the Cambodia Peace Museum, an educational and experiential space geared towards supporting a wider national healing process – one which highlights the resilience of Cambodia’s people in transforming conflict and overcoming adversity, as well as the nation’s potential as a peacebuilding learning centre for it’s regional neighbours.