Recently the notion of conﬂict prevention has spread from diplomatic and military eﬀorts to also concern living together in a given society
and therefore requires the participation of the people primarily concerned: the population subjected to potentially violent conﬂicts. We are living in an era of increasing migration ﬂows due to armed conﬂicts, natural disasters related to the environment and climate change and structural deprivation engendered by a globalised system that favours a small number to the detriment of everyone else.
Solutions for this spiral of violence and suﬀering cannot be found in advocating a grotesque form of isolationism, erecting fortresses for the privileged, denying the problems and preaching the good word of opening to all without managing the consequences… It is therefore essential to fnd together new approaches to conﬂict prevention.
In this publication, we propose frst of all some articles defning the concept and opening up our vision to global considerations: Te Swedish organisation SIDA explains succinctly the fundaments of conﬂict prevention and its links with the new agendas of the international bodies. Catherine Barnes of the European centre for conﬂict prevention expands on the questions around the role of civil society in prevention, stabilisation and peace building.
Tania Paﬀenholz and Christoph Spurk summarise a study carried out by the World Bank on civil society, citizen commitment and peace
work. Te United States Institute for Peace (USIP) presents, in a brief and schematic way, a strategic framework for preventing violent conﬂicts.
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By Christiane Kayser and Flaubert Djateng