Natural Resources, Conflict, & Humanitarian Challenges: Lessons from Community-Based Conflict Transformation
The goal of this article is to identify both the lessons we have learned and the enduring challenges we see associated with streamlining these three separate, but related, fields. It will suggest ways in which the environmental and humanitarian fields’ insights and experiences can inform conflict resolution work, while also identifying gaps in knowledge. The next section will first provide a brief overview of how the conflict resolution field has developed, stressing its institutional assumptions and approaches to problem-solving. We then explore four case studies on Search’s involvement in conflicts with both humanitarian and environmen- tal dimensions. The article concludes with a series of key insights about both opportunities challenges, and recommends specific entry points for strengthened collaboration. Some of the challenges to streamlining efforts include the organizational structure of the three fields, their differing priorities, and the different timelines with which they characteristically work. Addressing such differences and facilitating an exchange of knowledge through various entry points discussed here could address such gaps and help researchers and practitioners in all three fields achieve their goals in a way that meets the needs of their target communities and is sustainable over the long term.
Drawing from decades of experience on the ground, this guide offers guiding principles for peacebuilders and practitioners working to transform violent extremism around the world.
The following publications were developed during the implementation of the project “Promoting Religious Freedom through Government and Civil Society Collaboration in the KR” that started in May 2015.