Navigating inclusion in peace processes

There is a broad global consensus that inclusion matters in peace processes. The 2018 UN and World Bank report, Pathways for Peace, asserts that ‘addressing inequalities and exclusion’ and ‘making institutions more inclusive’ are key to preventing violent conflict. The challenges now are to strengthen that consensus and to better understand what inclusion in peace processes means in practice. These have been the questions explored in the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP), which this publication is part of.

In addressing some of the practical challenges of navigating inclusion in peace processes, this publication is structured around three areas of enquiry:

  1. Frameworks for understanding inclusion in peace processes
  2. Inclusion in practice in national peace processes – with ‘deep dive’ case studies of Colombia and Nepal
  3. Inclusion in practice in sub- and supra-national peace processes – with case studies on Turkey, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria and Afghanistan