New report: Financing armed groups during ceasefires


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What funding mechanisms are available for non-state armed groups during ceasefires and peace negotiations? If they are formally prohibited from using violent or coercive fundraising methods in order to sustain themselves, but no alternatives are provided by mediators or the state, how does this affect the negotiation process and/or ceasefire?

A new publication by Berghof staff members Véronique Dudouet and Janel B. Galvanek addresses these and other key questions related to the financing of armed groups during ceasefires. Published by the Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution (NOREF), this study offers a rare glimpse into the fundraising challenges faced by non-state parties to a ceasefire during a peace process and therefore constitutes a valuable addition to the extensive literature  on the financing sources during active hostilities and after peace agreements. The study makes projections for the longer-term prospects of different mechanisms of refinancing, and raises important considerations for third parties involved in supporting peace processes with armed groups.

Read the full report here >