How do local communities effectively build peace and reconciliation before, during and after open violence? This trailblazing book gives practical examples, from the Global North, the former Soviet bloc and Global South, on communities addressing conflict in divided and contested societies.
The book draws on a range of critical perspectives and practitioner analyses. The diverse case studies demonstrate the considerable knowledge, skills, commitment, courage and relationships within local communities that a critical community development approach can support and encourage.
Concluding with activists’ perspectives on working with the challenges of violence, the book offers insights for both an understanding of the root causes of conflict and for bottom-up peacebuilding.
“Activists in any conflicted situation will find many resonances in the different areas of the world covered in the book.” Nonviolent News
“Practitioner accounts of community development in contexts of violent conflict are showcased via impressive international case studies using conceptual debates on the ‘local’ turn in peacebuilding and ‘everyday peace’.” Donna Pankhurst, University of Bradford
“This is an outstanding and rigorous intervention into debates on ‘local’ and everyday peace by grassroots community development practitioners across multiple contexts of violent conflict. The book reinforces the importance of both community inclusion, at all stages of peacebuilding, and the vital contribution of community development to sustaining peace.” Mo Hume, University of Glasgow
“Much more than peace in relation to conflict, here is a huge contribution to community development theory posing ‘everyday peace’ as a way of life, a framework for grassroots practice which focuses on the co-existence and sustainability of all humanity.” Margaret Ledwith, University of Cumbria
John Eversley is Managing Director of two social enterprises: Policy, Practice, Research and Education and Macroscopia.
Sinead Gormally is Senior Lecturer in Community Development and Adult Education at the University of Glasgow.
Avila Kilmurray is Migration and Peacebuilding Executive at The Social Change Initiative.
Introduction ~ John Eversley, Sinéad Gormally and Avila Kilmurray
Everyday Peace as a Community Development Approach ~ Anthony Ware, Vicki-Ann Ware, and Leanne Kelly
Peacebuilding with Youth: Experience in Cúcuta, Colombia ~ Nohora Constanza Niño Vega
Dialogues to develop civil movements in the Caucasus ~ Larissa Sotieva and Juliet Schofield
Working for Social Justice through Community Development in Nigeria ~ Samir Halliru
Memory, truth, and hope: long journeys of justice in Eastern Sri Lanka ~ Sarala Emmanuel and P.B. Gowthaman
Brazil: Public Security as a human right in the favelas ~ Eliana Sousa Silva and Lidiane Malanquini, Redes da Maré
Nepal: Working with community-based women to influence inclusion and peacebuilding ~ Susan Risal
Palestinian storytelling: authoring their own lives ~ Patricia Sellick
Community-based action in Northern Ireland: Activism in a violently contested society ~ Monina O’Prey
Everyday Peace: After Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar’s Rohingya Conflict ~ Vicki-Ann Ware, Anthony Ware and Leanne Kelly
Drawing the threads together ~ John Eversley, Sinéad Gormally and Avila Kilmurray