Land, conflict and the challenge of pro-poor peacebuilding

Saturnino M. Borras Jr./Jennifer C. Franco
FriEnt | 2011

Land, conflict and the challenge of pro-poor peacebuilding
Essay Series - Part VII

Scarce natural resources, or scarce economic factors of production, provoke competing claims among various social groups within the state and in society. Such competitions tend to lead to conflict, often violent, within and between these groups. Thus, resolving violent conflict and forging peacebuilding process to rebuild and reconstruct communities and societies often requires resolving underlying and (pre-)existing resource-oriented conflicts. Yet, it is quite common to see such conflicts being absorbed – but not resolved – in the process of peacebuilding, leading to relatively peaceful transition in communities but marked by lingering resource-oriented social fault-lines that often erupt sometime in the future.

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