Book Talk: 'Peacebuilding Legacy: Programming for Change and Young People's Attitudes to Peace'
A fundamental challenge plagues the global peacebuilding community: how can technocratic approaches further longer-term outcomes like altering young people’s attitudes and beliefs about peace and violence? In response to this global challenge, Peacebuilding Legacy analyses the long-term effects of peacebuilding programmes involving children and young people. It unpacks the concept of peacebuilding legacy through the lens of time, transformation, and intergenerational peace, and develops unique qualitative cues for measuring legacy. If models resonate strongly with the local context, they are likely to be adopted over time. Successful institutionalisation of project models through handing them over to national organisations or government departments holds the key to stronger local ownership. Organisational learning and reflection can support this process through a more strategic approach to programming and post-exit studies. Regarding attitude change, the book finds that the media and peace education projects that targeted individuals’ ingrained beliefs and values but overlooked the role of group social norms had only limited effects. To shift the values, practices, norms, and beliefs of the younger generation, the mindset of the older generation must also be targeted. Changes in the legal, political, economic, and other social institutions are critical for long-term and meaningful transformation. This requires adopting an ecological model of peace.

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Sukanya Podder specializes in research and consultancy across various conflict-affected settings. Her research focuses on conflict actors, and conflict-affected populations including rebel groups, child soldiers, military peacekeepers, ex-combatants, and stateless populations. She has raised funding and conducted multi-country research projects and developed courses on International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Defence Engagement. She has consulted and advised INGOs; the UN and NATO in Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nepal. She has conducted capacity-building training for military partners on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence in Namibia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Bahrain, Malawi, and Egypt.
Date: 31 January 2023, 16:00 (Tuesday, 3rd week, Hilary 2023)
Venue: Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road OX1 3TB
Venue Details: Seminar Room 1
Speaker: Sukanya Podder (Reader in Post-war Reconstruction and Peacebuilding, King's College London)
Organising department: Oxford Department of International Development
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Hosts: OxPeace (University of Oxford), Dr John Gledhill (University of Oxford))
Part of: Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Emily Usherwood