Conflict and tension,
and the consequences of these on the erosion of social fabric and people's
lives are evident across the globe, often on a tragic scale. Inequality,
lack of political accountability, social exclusion, inadequate legal systems,
unequal access of resources and lack of respect for human rights are key
causes of conflict. Through our networks and core objective of bringing
people and ideas together, we work to contribute to peace education, training,
exchanges and curriculum development in mediation and conflict resolution.
We also promote a responsible and critical media and through a cross-sectoral
approach, use the creative arts as a vehicle for confidence building and
communication between communities experiencing violent conflict.
In Nepal through
an activity entitled "Conflict Resolution through Radio" an
informal network of radio producers and civil society members called
PeaceNet was established. This network resulted from a 3 day workshop
involving 13 radio stations and 15 participants from
This project ties in closely with the DFID Peace Building Initiatives, an "umbrella " project aimed at supporting various confidential peace building initiatives surrounding the current unrest. British Council is contracted to support the capacity building of local NGOs, manage workshops and seminars as well as project review and development.
Peacekeeping English Projects (PEP)- The British Council manages PEP projects in over twenty four countries, mainly in East and Central Europe on behalf or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence.
The aim of the programme is to enhance political and military stabilty through improving the english language communication skills of the police and armed forces, and so improve international co-operation in NATO peacekeeping operations and other areas, for more information please see
Conflict, Development and Peace Network (CODEP)
CODEP is a multi-disciplinary forum for academics, organisations and practitioners involved in exploring the cause of conflict and its impact on people's lives. The aim of the network is to help reduce violent conflict and support those worst affected by it through the improvement of policy and practice in conflict development and peace work. CODEP produces an e-mail newsletter, organises round table discussion meetings and organises international conferences on conflict and development.
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