WOSCAP Newsletter Issue #1 - December 2016
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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

A warm welcome to the WOSCAP Newsletter! With three issues we will keep you up-to-date about the project, findings, publications and events.

Among other things, this first issue features Scoping Studies on Multi-track Diplomacy, Security Sector Reform and Governance Reform, as well as articles with a Whole of Society Perspective on the Colombian peace process and Brexit. We also share with you our interim findings and what is upcoming.
EU interventions face two central challenges:
1) The issue of coordination and synergies in the field across the increasing range of national, regional and international actors involved in peacebuilding.
2) The challenge of ensuring the relevance and ownership of such interventions to local populations.

WOSCAP ("The Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding") aims at finding practical solutions to these challenges and to improve the knowledge on how EU civilian capabilities can facilitate inclusive, coherent and sustainable peacebuilding.
Thereby, WOSCAP draws attention to the role of local societies and identifies gaps, lessons learned and research priorities through Communities of Practice together with EU policymakers, civilian and military practitioners, academic experts and the beneficiaries of EU peacebuilding interventions.



Scoping Studies

The project began by undertaking seven Scoping Studies, of all the topics analysed within the project, through:

Articles with a Whole of Society Perspective

These five articles exemplify the relevance of a Whole of Society approach and reveal the pitfalls that can be avoided by effective civilian conflict prevention.
Colombian peace process
This article gives a reflection on the innovative character of the Colombian peace agreement.
"Many challenges remain for achieving peace in Colombia, but maintaining gains on inclusiveness and gender equality will be crucial for ensuring sustainable peace in the country."
ICTs, whole-of-society conflict prevention & peacebuilding and the EU
This reflection points to the need of looking at the ICTs usages of a wide range of peacebuilding actors.
Mali - L’engagement de l’Union européenne et des Pays-Bas
This article discusses the implementation of Security Sector Reform efforts of the EU and The Netherlands in Mali.
Lessons from Brexit
Based on lessons learned from Brexit, the author explains the challenge to bridge divided societies.
Brussels Conference on Afghanistan
In this article the realistic objectives for Afghanistan and the EU's position are critically assessed.


Upcoming Publications

  • Case Study Reports on Mali, Georgia, Ukraine and Yemen
  • Main Findings of Case Studies
  • Review of EU Policy Framework
  • Best Practice Reports on Local Ownership, Multi-stakeholder Coherence, Gender, ICTs and Civil-military Synergies
  • Policy Recommendations Paper & Engagement Strategy

Upcoming Events

  • Comparative Analysis Workshop (internal)
  • Periodic Review with the EU

Interim Findings

  • Besides improving the multi-stakeholder coherence, analytical coherence at the EU delegations level regarding cross-cutting effects of different projects needs to be addressed.
  • While Lessons Learned need to be identified and implemented, they need to be adapted to conflict dynamics in ongoing interventions.
  • One aspect of focusing on the role of local societies is extending the range of actors that have a stake in peacebuilding and recasting the nature of their engagement and interaction. Another aspect is exploring realistic matches between local problems and international and local capacities.
  • The ICTs potential within peacebuilding needs to be assessed and further explored, taking into account ethical considerations.
  • Fostering consensus-building concerning shared values and approaches between the EU Member States is deemed necessary for coherent action.
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