Perspectives on conflict transformation, reconciliation and the social cohesion potential of community-level Peace Clubs in Burundi

Fostering social cohesion, reconciliation and peaceful means to resolve conflict can prevent violence, address root causes of conflict and enable development. To this end, CARE and local organisation MIPAREC set up the first Peace Clubs in 1994 in Burundi. Peace Clubs bring groups of different ethnicity, gender and religion together; engages with various author­ities; and establishes linkages with relevant institutions on a higher level. They are known to resolve conflicts at the local level and improve the relationship between the community and the authorities.

CARE Netherlands and The Hague Academy for Local Governance will together organise a session on the 16th of June during the European Development Days 2016 in Brussels. During this session, we will discuss the structure of Peace Clubs and how these clubs can contribute to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Furthermore, new developments and research regarding Peace Clubs will be presented and MIPAREC will show inspiring examples from parts of Burundi. The sustainability and future of Peace Clubs will also be debated.

The European Development Days is Europe’s leading forum on development since 2016.  It is organised each year by the European Commission and brings together the development community to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Watch here a video of grassroots Peace Clubs in Burundi.

 

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