Local peace network handbook

Reflection and action guide for reducing local violence

This handbook is a tool to help community leaders implement urban peace-building programs.

The lessons here are particularly relevant to contested spaces in multi-cultural contexts, where people are suffering oppression from different forces, such as criminal groups, political tensions, economic exclusion, discrimination, etc. Most of these urban zones are also inhabited by people living under poverty and extreme poverty, like most marginal urban neighborhoods in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The handbook is directed to community leaders, community based organizations, faith-based organizations and local facilitators who want to conduct a reflective process of peace-building.

The handbook is not merely directed to promote peace-culture values, but to promote an active and participatory analysis of the main roots of conflict in the community.

The steps, clearly defined, promote creative strategies for relevant change on different levels: enhancing interpersonal trust among the inhabitants, improving the relationship in the community, applying dialogue, and promoting a better relationship with the public sector and key policymakers.

In our experience, young-adult leaders are the main beneficiaries of this material, however, adult leaders are not excluded from this peace-building methodology.

The handbook was prepared in consultation with a larger number of professionals, including practitioners and experienced leaders in conflict transformation from more than 10 countries.

This piece is also product of AFSC’s and partners’ experience in implementing local peace network strategies across the last five years in the region.

The local peace network handbook

A local peace network involves many small groups gathering to think about their community as a whole, and reflect about their conflicts and the main causes, proposing transformation actions involving local institutions and influence in the government.

El manual de las plataformas de paz

Las plataformas de paz se basan en grupos integrados por entre 8 y 12 personas que se reúnen frecuentemente para buscar una mejor comprensión entre las y los vecinos en su comunidad, en donde:

  • Se analizan los conflictos locales
  • Se promueve la no-violencia
  • Se reflexiona a partir de la práctica diaria y de los aprendizajes del grupo

Platfòm pou lapè

PLATFÒM pou lapè a se yon gwoup ki ka gen ant 8 ak 12 moun ki reyini, chak lè yo deside sa, pou yo chache fason pou moun ki rete nan kominote a youn konprann lòt pi byen. Nan gwoup sa a men kisa yo fè:

  • Yo analize konfli ki gen nan zòn nan (nan kominote y a)
  • Yo fè pwomosyon pou wè si pa ta genyen vyolans nan zòn lan 
  • Yo reflechi sou sa yo fè chak jou ak sou tout bagay tou nèf moun nan gwoup la rive aprann ansanm nan travay la.

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