Making paper count:
new forms of citizen participation in peace agreements

Peace agreements have often been criticised for not being representative of the population beyond the elites, and calls have been made to widen citizen participation before, during and after an agreement. This year’s Build Peace conference will explore innovative approaches to amplifying participation in all phases of a peace agreement, and bridging the gap between top down and bottom up peacebuilding initiatives.

The conference aims to inspire through reflection on challenges and impacts across three sub-themes:

Inclusion and exclusion in peace negotiations

What innovative approaches or methods allow us to manage the politics of inclusion (and exclusion) during peace negotiations more effectively? Talks and workshops will explore interesting tools that can support bottom up approaches to peace negotiations. Speakers will tackle how innovation can increase transparency in peace negotiations and the role of new tools in forming, polarising and depolarising public opinion around a peace negotiation. Can we think of new, constructive ways for more voices to be heard during a peace negotiation?
Implementing peace agreements

What innovative practices could enable greater participation in the implementation of peace agreements? Talks and workshops will explore emerging tools and methods to both communicate and monitor the provisions of peace agreements. Speakers will consider the role of innovation in increasing participation in the regional and local governance processes that support the implementation of peace agreements, as well as how entrepreneurship and the private sector can help implement peace agreements. What tools and processes can engage citizens and authorities in implementing a peace agreement more effectively?
Healing, coexistence and reconciliation

How can innovation support healing, coexistence and reconciliation after a peace agreement is in place? Talks and workshops will explore the role of innovation in the creation and curation of memory, knowledge and information after a peace agreement. Speakers will address how innovation offers new avenues to educate about peace and engage the public imagination on a peaceful future. How can we rethink and rebuild a society around a peace agreement to overcome polarization and fragmentation?

These themes are particularly relevant to local contexts and will draw on Colombian examples and experiences. We aim to invite speakers and participants familiar with innovative work implemented around different peace agreements in places like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Sudan, Central African Republic, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Peru, and places where agreements have yet to be reached. We invite you to Build Peace 2017 to innovate peace agreements. How to build peace? Join us to chart the future.