Do internationally supported peacebuilding initiatives manage to reach all of the people engaged in and affected by conflict? How can the international community move beyond token engagement of local stakeholders to support a peace that is genuinely locally owned and locally led?
These are pertinent questions that the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and partners explore in case studies on Somalia, Timor-Leste, Liberia and Burma. Without youth participation, information sharing, reconciliation and focus both on local and national aspects, international peacebulding support is bound to fail. These are some of the preliminary findings of the first two studies.