Practical Guide Early Warning and Response Systems Design for Social Conflicts

The main purpose of this “Practical Guide for Early Warning and Response Systems Design for Social Conflicts” (EWRS) is to contribute to strengthening a preventive approach in addressing social conflict in the region, providing some basic aspects to keep in mind in the design and development of an EWRS from a perspective of conflict prevention and management with a socially and culturally sensitive approach, strengthening democratic governance, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

This Guide has been a joint and complementary effort of UNDP and OAS for the development of methodological tools that contribute to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has been published by the Cluster of Governance and Peacebuilding UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions OEA.

Conflict and Peacebuilding in Latin America. Course.

This publication reflects the content of the virtual course conducted jointly by UNDP Colombia, the UNDP Virtual School and the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster of UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Course contents are the result of joint work and systematization of existing tools for conflict management and transformation from the perspective of human development.

Offered in late 2013, the virtual course reviews relevant theoretical frameworks and practical skills to identify, prevent and intervene in situations of conflict favoring transformative peacebuilding approaches. It was aimed at practitioners, officials from national, regional and local governments, representatives of academia, the private sector and civil society in general that might require tools and strategies for analysis, prevention and peace building.

Democratic Institutionality for Dialogue and Conflict Prevention. The case of Peru.

This publication for practitioners documents the process for institutionalization of dialogue and conflict prevention that has been at work in the Peruvian state as of 2000, a year in which conflicts began to be clearly seen regarding the use of natural resources.

This document has been produced as part of the “Prevention of Social Conflicts in the Use of Natural Resources” project implemented by UNDP Peru; published with the support of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The primary goal of this paper is to investigate and identify the transformative or evolutionary elements of dialogue and conflict prevention practitioner or service within the framework of the Peruvian State. It also seeks to determine if there has been an evolution from a relatively inorganic, informal situation to a steadily practiced and exercised, highly organized one. The paper combines the use of primary sources through in-depth interviews with an analysis of the laws and regulations, bibliography and news coverage.

Dialogue and consensus in democracy. A Salvadoran post-conflict experience.

This publication provides an in-depth analysis on the keys to the success of the dialogue of the National Council of Citizen Security and Coexistence in El Salvador in its first stage. The gestation of the dialogue, the broad social representativeness which convened, the design of the mechanisms of regional and sectoral consultations, and the development of El Salvador Safe Plan presented in January 2015, are the subjects of this systematization.

This publication is expected to give a significant contribution to the promoters of democratic dialogue as a tool approach to the major problems faced by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Democratic Dialogue:  a Handbook for Practitioners

The Handbook has been a joint effort of CIDA, International IDEA, OAS and UNDP, receiving valuable input from a wider network of organizations. This Handbook has been designed to reflect current practice in the field of dialogue and to draw on concrete experiences of practitioners in various regions and of various actors involved in these processes. It seeks to consolidate emerging learning – both in terms of the conceptual framework supporting dialogue, and practical experiences in the design, facilitation and assessment of such processes on the ground. It also offers a comprehensive mapping of the process tools that can be used to support dialogue initiatives, thereby expanding the toolbox currently available to practitioners.  AVAILABLE IN SPANISH, ENGLISH, FRENCH, and ARABIC  (pdf).

Practical Guide on Democratic Dialogue

This Guide offers a series of criteria, guidelines and tools that allow societal actors to understand better what a democratic dialogue implies as a process, and to undertake successful dialogic initiatives. It has four sections: the first one offers an overview of conflictivity in Latin America, including several visions and opinions from analysts, researchers, and leaders from diverse sectors in the region. The second section presents concepts and basic elements of dialogue, including its definition and guiding principles, and it also elaborates on the roles in a dialogue process and the terms of the facilitator. In the third section, the different stages of a dialogue process are described and explained, from exploration to follow-up, going through design and implementation. And finally, the last section offers a set of methodological tools that can be used during all the phases of a democratic dialogue process.

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In 2001, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean established the Democratic Dialogue Regional Project, and in 2010 it was assigned to the Governace and Peacebuilding Cluster of the Regional Centre of UNDP for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama. This project constitutes an active service instrument to dialogue initiatives promoted by the country offices of Latin America and the Caribbean. It develops, disseminates and applies diverse social technologies to support conflict prevention and management efforts, as well as consensus-building initiatives in the region. It compiles and systematizes experiences, lessons learned and good practices, provides specific technical support and capacity-building to country needs, and establishes partnerships with other regional and world institutions committed to democratic dialogue.