Process matters

The process determines the result

Photo credit: Steve Tickner for Interpeace

Photo credit: Steve Tickner for Interpeace

We put as much effort into what¬†needs to be done to enable a society¬†to build peace as in how the process¬†is approached. There is a need not¬†only to focus on the end goal of¬†building peace, but also on making¬†sure that the process leading to¬†it is managed in a way that allows¬†for inclusion, constructive dialogue¬†and consensus-building ‚Äď rather¬†than confrontation and power games.¬†This is the only way to build¬†sustainable peace.

Strengthening the foundations of a society that is divided is not business as usual. Mistrust tends to be deeply engrained. Major issues tend to be politically sensitive and urgent. Because of this urgency, the tendency is to propose technical solutions rather than to seek holistic solutions to complex problems. How the process is managed and how the engagement of all sides is carried out will determine, in large part, the success of an initiative.