From our friends at Kosmos Journal, an interview with renowned peacebuilder, Kai Brand-Jacobsen….
“Peacebuilding is one of the most important areas of human endeavor and engagement in the world today. At it simplest, it is about finding concrete, practical, and effective ways of dealing with conflicts. That covers conflicts on a personal level, within our families, our communities, our countries, and internationally.
“Peacebuilding is essentially about developing the skills, the knowledge, and the understanding to know why conflicts are happening. What are their causes? What are their drivers? And then to develop practical measures and approaches that can enable those experiencing conflicts to deal with them effectively and to meet the core interests and needs of all involved.
“Peacebuilding can include everything from dealing with early warning and analysis, to identifying and engaging conflicts constructively before they become violent, to peacebuilding mediation and peace processes in the midst of war and armed violence, to the incredibly deep and challenging work of reconciliation and healing after violence and war.”
Read the full interview….