Strengthening the EU Multi-stakeholder coherence in peacebuilding and conflict prevention: examples of good practices.
This report on multi-stakeholder coherence emphasises coherence at two levels. First, within EU institutions a series of good practices has been identified. Specifically, the role of EU Delegations as a bridge between EU institutions based in Brussels, EU Member States on the ground and CSOs in particular. The good practices presented came to light through the analyses encompass information sharing, coordination, good mechanism of conflict analysis, strong local anchor and the EU's versatility. To a certain extent, the case of the Mindanao conflict where the EU implemented coherence at all levels can be considered as a model, thus paving the path for designing concrete guidelines. Moreover, the report demonstrates the relevant position of EU Delegations to prevent incoherence and lack of efficiency of the EU's external action, which has consequences on the allocation of technical and financial resources.
Another dimension highlighted in the report focuses on the role played by the private sector and faith-based actors in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Whereas the EU does not integrate these actors in its strategy, the report demonstrates the necessity to establish a framework to include them into negotiation and peace processes considering the economic and religious dimensions of conflict.
The report concludes that the EU should establish partnerships or frameworks to integrate these non-state actors in its peacebuilding strategy. Regarding the private sector, the EU has already built partnerships with companies based on the Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. However, in order to adopt an effective multi-stakeholder coherence, their cooperation should go beyond CSR and link with peace and conflict prevention. According to the authors of the report, the economic dimensions of conflict and peace must be incorporated within the European economic diplomacy, definition and strategy to last peace.
Read the full report here.