Community engagement and Perspectives

  • A Fresh Perspective on Security Concerns among Malian Civil Society

    A. Tobie  

    This SIPRI paper presents the preliminary findings of a research project conducted by SIPRI and the Malian National Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and the Fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (CONASCIPAL), on the perceptions of insecurity of 105 Malian civil society actors. It is based on the responses provided by these actors to questionnaires disseminated on human security in Mali.


  • 'Let Us Be Part of It' Community Engagement by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

    L. Spink  
    Center for Civilians in Conflict

    This CIVIC report provides a look at how military, police, and civilian components of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan (UNMISS) are engaging communities to understand and address civilian protection concerns. The report highlights the importance of UNMISS personnel conducting strategic and coordinated engagement activities and ensuring that information collected from civilians is used to inform operational decisions.


  • Understanding and Integrating Local Perceptions in Multi-Dimensional UN Peacekeeping

    M. Donati, D. Druet, L. Fearnley, J. Harvey, K. Oliver.  

    This study identifies challenges and best practices for gathering local perceptions and pinpointed examples of perceptions data being analyzed and incorporated effectively by peacekeeping missions. In doing so, the study aimed to provide the basis for operational guidance which will assist peacekeeping missions in gathering and incorporating local perceptions in a more systematic, structured way so as to enable better decision making and more effective contributions to early peacebuilding.


  • Local Communities: First and Last Providers of Protection

    M. Couldrey and M. Herson (eds)  
    Journal: Forced Migration Review Issue 53

    It is often people’s immediate community that provides the first, last and perhaps best tactical response for many people affected by or under threat of displacement. However one defines protection or community, external actors will struggle to provide appropriate support unless they understand this reality. In this issue of Forced Migration Review authors reflect at the capacity of communities to organise themselves as well as on the subject in general and at specific community-led protection strategies in specific countries.


  • How Can Peacekeepers Strengthen their Engagement with Local Communities? Opportunities and Challenges in the Field

    Natasja Rupesinghe  
    Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

    This Policy Brief examines the opportunities, challenges and trade-offs that peacekeepers have to face when deciding when, with whom and how to engage effectively at the field level. It argues that by integrating bottom–up and people- centric approaches as a core strategy in peace operations, UN practices can be made more sensitive and responsive to the local people.


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