09 November 2012
GPP Annual Meeting: "Operationalizing Resilience in Peacebuilding Contexts: Approaches, Lessons, Action Points"
The Annual Meeting 2012 explores the operational experience to achieve higher levels of resilience of communities and institutions, and asks about the action points necessary to strengthen such efforts in peacebuilding contexts. This theme connects the wide use of the ‘resilience’ concept in various policy communities, but also critically examines its applicability to peacebuilding contexts. Approaches to resilience can vary significantly and range from a narrow understanding of the concept as the ability to return to an original form or state, to a broader understanding that highlights the adaptive and transformative capacities of a system in the face of crises or chronic stresses. For peacebuilding, the resilience concept implies a certain tension between its static and transformative connotations, as illustrated by the struggles between a resilient political order, and the social forces that want to change it.
The Annual Meeting acknowledges the wide normative agreement that the resilience of communities and societies is desirable, but recognizes that there is a need for a better cross sectorial and institutional exchange of operational experience. The Annual Meeting, therefore, draws together the best practice of different actors, while elaborating the particularities of strengthening resilience in peacebuilding contexts. These contexts can be marked by the stresses of post-conflict environments, high-levels of armed violence, and multiple political processes that address imminent tension or work towards long term systemic transformations.
The expected outcome of the Annual Meeting is to:
- Draw together the operational experience from different sectors and institutions to achieve higher levels of resilience of communities and institutions;
- Gain a better understanding of the applicability of the resilience concept in peacebuilding contexts; and
- Identify a series of action points to strengthen resilience in peacebuilding contexts.
For further information see www.gpplatform.ch/2012-annual-meeting-geneva-peacebuilding-platform
Speakers will be announced in mid-October.
Date & time Friday, 9 November 2012, 9.00-18.00
Registration Please register at www.gpplatform.ch.
Venue: Hotel Warwick, 4, rue de Lausanne (opposite Cornavin railway station), Geneva
For any questions, please contact Lidija Jovic