"The primary objective of this seminar was to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to reflect critically upon the nature of current post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts, assess the challenges of fostering peace and security in post-conflict societies, and provide a practical framework for such undertakings. The seminar sought to generate policy proposals and track progress in the following key areas: Examining the nature of current peacebuilding and reconstruction efforts – terms often used interchangeably – and the validity of the normative basis on which these undertakings are built, the objective being the clarification of vocabulary and processes. Assessing the practical implementation of these strategies by the international implementing agencies. With a focus on the security dimension, articulating the challenges faced in implementing some specific elements of peacebuilding by drawing from in-country experiences and addressing key practical concerns such as local ownership and accountability."