PeaceLab Podcast: Transitions from Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding

17 August 2020   ·   PeaceLab editorial team

The podcast discusses challenges and opportunities of planning for a transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding in general, and more specifically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The episodes focus on the role of international organizations and other actors, coordination efforts, common analyses, and political strategies.

For countries emerging from violent conflict, transitions from peacekeeping to peacebuilding efforts often represent critical junctures. What challenges do actors face when planning for such handover periods? What opportunities does this process provide? And what does it look like in practice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Based on interviews with experts and senior policymakers, this two-part podcast explores the major pitfalls on the road to lasting peace and takeaways from the process. 

Part 1: Lessons Learned & the Importance of International Coordination

In episode one, we dissect the anatomy of transitions from peacekeeping to peacebuilding and dig deeper into why this topic has garnered more and more attention in recent years. We take stock of key lessons learned from past transitions in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Haiti and discuss three typical challenges that international actors and donors have faced in these situations: maintaining organizational coherence and external partnerships; crafting joint strategies and analyses; and avoiding gaps in financing. 

In this episode, our host Marie Wagner is joined by five expert guests:

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Part 2: What Is at Stake in the DRC?

The second episode outlines how the lessons learned that we pinpoint in episode one could be applied in a concrete context: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently host to the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the DRC has a long and complex history of violent conflict as well as international peacekeeping efforts. As MONUSCO’s current mandate is valid until December 2020, the mission prepares to withdraw from the country. What are current developments in the DRC and the peacekeeping mission? What does it take to avoid the most common pitfalls and ensure a smooth transition to peacebuilding efforts? And how can national ownership of the transition process be assured?

This episode features five experts:

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The podcast was produced by Marie Wagner and Sarah Brockmeier from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office as contribution to the World Bank’s virtual Fragility Forum 2020. It is part of the PeaceLab project which is run by GPPi to foster debate on conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding and which is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Fragility Forum 2020 Seminar Series is a virtual and interactive series of events organized by the World Bank to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways of responding to the most challenging Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (FCV) issues of our times.

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