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Local peace processes inside and outside Iraq have increasingly gained attention as a successful model to address for example issues of displacement or inter-community disputes, but it remains an emerging field of studies.
In an attempt to support the broader community of practice of peacebuilders to design and implement quality programming, harnessing lessons learned and best practices from past experiences, a toolkit on local peace processes was developed. Inspired by the Iraqi experience, it is also based on a review of global best practices.
Chapter One covers best practices and lessons learned from the global experience with local peace processes. Chapter Two provides an overview of the Iraqi experience with local peace processes, and includes a description of their main characteristics, lessons learned, and an assessment of their comparative effectiveness and links to global best practice. Chapter Three provides guidelines and recommendations for those wanting to design, implement and support local peace processes.
Local Peace Processes and Agreements in Iraq: Reflections and Lessons Learned
Since the fall of ISIS, local peace processes in Iraq have emerged at the forefront of the peacebuilding agenda. This report reviews some of the key local peace processes and agreements in Iraq since 2015, focusing on processes supported by international donors, and implemented by international and national organizations, including non-governmental organizations. It aims to provide the peacebuilding practitioner community with a critical reflection on those processes:
Which factors influenced the success (or not) of peace processes? What are some of the lessons learned? Ultimately, what does this mean for ‘good practice’ going forward?