Global Peacebuilding Policy: Analysing Local-to-Global Engagement
Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition of including local perspectives in global peacebuilding policy discussions. There are a small number of emerging good practices and coalitions of peacebuilding actors seeking to develop and deliver stronger results, demonstrating the value of more meaningful approaches to inclusion across the practitioner, academic, and donor spectrum. Despite this, it appears that the peacebuilding sector is still struggling with how to translate recognition of the importance of more meaningful local-to-global engagement into changes in practice — to translate the inclusion rhetoric, frameworks on paper, and norms of engagement into peacebuilding practice. This report focuses on the global peacebuilding policy space – the international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) that operate at this level, along with the global policymakers and decision makers who occupy this space. The report is divided into four sections. Section one includes relevant background information specifically high- lighting the methodology used in this analysis. Section two examines the global peacebuilding policy space and how those operating in this space work to bridge the local–global gap in substantive ways, with a focus on common approaches and barriers to these approaches. Section three shifts focus to local actors, including their perspectives on the global peacebuilding policy space and how they view efforts on the part of global actors to enable local inclusion and participation. Section four presents some of the main insights gained through this research and concluding thoughts on what meaningful participation looks like, why it is important, and how global actors can work toward supporting more meaningful participation of local actors in global discussions.