Cross-Cutting Challenges

Cross Cutting Challenges of Peacebuilding

Confronting Transversal Issues

The Cross-cutting Challenges sections aim to deal with overarching issues and methodological challenges that are present in all sectors of activities. Indeed, whereas the prevailing approach to peacebuilding has been to conceptualize it along sectoral categories, an overemphasis on a “sectoral” perspective may cause peacebuilders to lose sight of the broader picture and pay insufficient attention to crucial interaction effects and linkages among different initiatives, across sectors. Moreover, a sectoral approach offers little guidance as to the sequencing of peacebuilding activities.

The Cross-cutting Challenges section of this peacebuilding portal will focus on five clusters, listed on the right.

These sub-sections are meant to be further developed as based on the research and findings of the thematic sections . It is anticipated that in each sub-section, the portal will provide a synthesis of the most recent research and discussions as well as concrete guidelines and working tools for practitioners. Development of the thematic areas is slated for 2009.

  • Statebuilding & Nationbuilding processes
    • Exploring the different concerns and considerations associated with building instituions and sustainable peace
  • Regional dimensions of peacebuilding
    • Identifying key challenges and opportunities with respect to regional influences on peacebuilding 
  • Key principles for peacebuilding interventions
    • Including such topics as capacity building, sustainability, ownership and accountability
  • Partnerships for peacebuilding
    • Emphasis on coordination at the regional, international and local levels, micro & macro interventions, resource mobilization, and donor aid
  • Strategy, Methods and Ethics
    • Addressing topics such as Integrated peacebuilding strategies and strategic policy frameworks, planning processes, phasing and sequencing, monitoring & evaluation, ethics

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