Tag Archive for peacebuilding

Neighbourhood Watch, ASEAN Style

Lord McConnell

      The people of South East Asia are among the most friendly, tolerant and hard working people in the world. Yet, this region has been plagued with conflicts for decades. Exploited by European powers, occupied by Japan, carpet-bombed by the USA and led by hideous dictators, most of the region has suffered too much…

Halfway there

Lord McConnell

I am writing this as I travel from Scotland to London, Monday ‘lunchtime’, halfway through Live Below the Line 2013. My 5 day challenge began on Friday at midnight, and after a weekend of porridge, soup and a baked potato cautiously shared across two days, I am probably lighter but certainly nervous about coping in…

Post-2015 Debate Must Include Voices From The Front Line

Lord McConnell

This week, as the world watched with baited breath the violent clashes in Gaza, Goma and Syria, the harrowing images and stories broadcast on our television screens offer a cold reminder of the human cost of conflict. There is little dispute that conflict, development and peacebuilding are intrinsically linked. Yet the current development framework in…

Put Peacebuilding at the Heart of Post-2015 Talks

Lord McConnell

  As the nature of conflict has changed in the post-Cold War era, so too has the UK government’s policy discourse on development aid. Since DfID’s first White Paper in 1997, Eliminating World Poverty: a challenge for the 21st Century, we have witnessed a growing recognition that development and security are intrinsically linked. Over the…