Bringing armed conflicts to an end is difficult; restoring a
lasting peace can be considerably harder. Reclaiming Everyday Peace
addresses the effectiveness and impact of local level interventions
on communities affected by war. Using an innovative methodology to
generate participatory numbers, Pamina Firchow finds that
communities saturated with external interventions after war do not
have substantive higher levels of peacefulness according to
community-defined indicators of peace than those with lower levels
of interventions. These findings suggest that current international
peacebuilding efforts are not very effective at achieving peace by
local standards because disproportionate attention is paid to
reconstruction, governance and development assistance with little
attention paid to community ties and healing. Firchow argues that a
more bottom up approach to measuring the effectiveness of
peacebuilding is required. By finding ways to effectively
communicate local community needs and priorities to the
international community, efforts to create an atmosphere for an
enduring peace are possible.
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