The aim of this project is to consolidate and to extend the expertise of its partner organisations by including other key individuals and institutions, who together, yet from different perspectives, can shed light on this issue in the context of West Africa. Through a series of three workshops throughout 2018, we will bring together leading experts from world-class academic institutions to establish a hub of expertise addressing how to achieve and exceed the aims of SDG 16 in West Africa. This is a generalised continuum of problems and solutions, and one that requires expertise from multidisciplinary and multinational approaches.

The insights from this project will contribute to a better understanding of why resilience approaches in peacebuilding either fail or succeed, notably by examining how such approaches are received at the local level. Elaborating on this perspective, the series of workshops within this project will define concrete policy objectives for complying with, and exceeding the indicators of SDG 16 in the context of an increasingly uncertain global economy and political environment. The workshops will bring together academics and key stakeholders (local policy-makers and civil society actors) to proactively co-produce research objectives for future grant applications,

In particular, we will run three workshops throughout 2018 to approach this issue from different perspectives:

  1. A webinar in Perth, Australia, May 2018, which will coincide with the WUN’s 2018 Annual Conference and AGM, held in the same city.

  2. A workshop in Accra, Ghana, September 2018, which will feature key stakeholders and policy actors from West African states and organisations.

  3. A workshop in Bristol, UK, November 2018, which will constitute Resilient Peace’s Final Conference, and as such will focus on the consolidation of findings by all Partners, and the design of future grant applications, led by the University of Bristol.

The project will gather, synthesise, further develop and disseminate knowledge and learning on resilience in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

 

Anticipated outputs

It is anticipated that this project will produce

  1. A strategy to develop complementary funding bids on addressing SDG 16 and promoting sustainable peace, including the ESRC’s GCRF, the EU’s H2020 and calls from other funding bodies at the national and regional levels.

  2. A literature review will be produced and this will be used to inform future collaborations, conference presentations and funding applications.

  3. A journal review article will be produced documenting current trends on resilience and peacebuilding and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal in 2018 under Open Access. During the workshops, we will explore the possibility of developing a Special Issue and other joint peer-reviewed publications in high ranking journals.

  4. A series of policy briefings and blog articles will be produced. Policy-makers will gain a greater understanding of how to develop policy and direct funds for peacebuilding in the future.