Walking the Line

M. Kraft, M. Al-Mazri, H. Wimmen, N. Zupan
FriEnt | 2007

Strategic Approaches to Peacebuilding in Lebanon

After the 2006 war in Lebanon and the ensuing political deadlock and escalation throughout 2007, FriEnt member organisations expressed the need for a more thorough understanding of the conflict and peacebuilding context and for reflection on options for peacebuilding by German development and peace organisations. As a result, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs), the German Development Service (DED), the Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) and the Working Group on Development and Peace (FriEnt) jointly commissioned a study whose objective is twofold: 1. To identify relevant fields of activity for peacebuilding by German development and peace organisations; 2. To identify potentials, deficits and needs of existing approaches and give rec-ommendations for coordination with Lebanese and international actors in order to strengthen coherence and relevance of peacebuilding activities. The concept and methodology of this study stem from state-of-the-art tools for conflict analysis and the Peace and Conflict Assessment (PCA) approach. Starting from a systemic conflict analysis, the study looks into structural challenges, core problems and escalating factors and evaluates their relevance by analysing how their varying reciprocal impacts may foster and enable conflict and the use of vio-lence in Lebanon. Based on this analysis, the study identifies strategical entry points and discusses main challenges, stakeholders, and peacebuilding needs in se-lected fields of activity. Existing approaches by Lebanese and international actors are assessed and gaps and opportunities to foster peacebuilding identified.

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