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The Role of the External in Local Peacebuilding: Enabling Action—Managing Risk

Jannie Lilja, Kristine Höglund
2018 Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations  
AbstractLocal peacebuilding has been embraced in principle by many donors, but the practice of external support to local initiatives needs further systematic study. While previous research has exposed the weaknesses of externally supported peacebuilding, less attention has been given to alternative strategies that can be taken to scale. This article puts the focus on international nongovernmental organizations as key intermediary actors in peacebuilding, and how they deal with dilemmas attached
more » ... h dilemmas attached to local peacebuilding support. It contributes to the research on external-local dimensions of peacebuilding practice by identifying constructive functions that can be fulfilled by INGOs in situations where local institutions and actors are not able to address conflict on their own. Specifically, it uncovers the role of INGOs as risk absorbers and enablers of local peacebuilding action through the accompaniment of local partners.
doi:10.1163/19426720-02403007 fatcat:bi5olg5u5rgl3a5el4pseog37a