Beyond the toolkit: supporting peace processes in Asia

Research reports and studies
December 2015
Lisa Denney and Patrick Barron
This is the fourth paper in the Working Politically in Practice series – initially launched under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Partnership (DFAT-TAF Partnership).

The international development community has increasingly embraced the idea that finding durable solutions to complex development problems requires new ways of working that move beyond industry norms.

The new paper makes an important contribution to the current debate by providing an initial conceptual framing of the Foundation’s approach to peace support to capture knowledge about how conflicts end and the nature of post-conflict transitions, and outlining key insights on what flexible programming means in practice.

The case study posits that existing peace process support models do not reflect what we know about the nature of conflict, how it ends, and how peace processes are sustained and peace consolidated. This new paper highlights a more politically-informed approach to supporting peace, including examples from the Foundation's activities in the Philippines, Myanmar and Nepal.