Recently the concept of Infrastructures for Peace (I4P) has been gaining increased attention among academics and practitioners. Yet, the concept is not new. In numerous countries around the globe, I4P have contributed to reconciling tensions arising from political, social and economic transformation - especially in contexts where the capacities to deal with conflict in a peaceful manner are weak.
This study by the Berghof Foundation's Executive Director Prof. Giessmann seeks to capture the wealth of experience from practitioners and experts in supporting and harnessing I4P. It was published in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).
The paper provides key insights on the concept as well as the design and tailoring of I4P processes to national contexts. It also examines the experiences of five different countries where efforts were made to nurture such peace infrastructures: South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia, Nepal and Thailand’s Deep South. It provides comparative insights on the design and implementation of particular components of I4P, namely national dialogues, local peace committees and insider mediation. Finally, it proposes recommendations to improve UNDP’s role in promoting and supporting I4P both in conceptual terms and in practice.