Bangladesh: Capacities for Peace
Bangladesh has a vibrant civil society, working among communities in various socio-economic conditions to create enabling environments in which vital services like health, education, livelihood and disaster recovery can be provided. However, while violence and conflict present barriers to meeting all of these imperatives, civil society engagement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding has never been significant.
Under the framework of the Capacities for Peace (C4P) project funded by the European Union, Saferworld worked with 26 civil society organisations in three south western districts, to accompany them in a process of analysing conflict dynamics and formulating options for response. District level committees were set up to continue the analysis process and work out ways to adapt the community level engagement according to the findings.
This briefing provides an overview of the analysis conducted in the three districts between November 2014 and January 2015, looking at conflict dynamics, local capacities to address main issues of concern to communities, and lessons learned throughout this process on the role that local actors play to address conflict and violence and how best external actors can support them.
Capacities for Peace is a project undertaken by Saferworld and Conciliation Resources and funded by the EU Instrument for Stability.