State Building and Peacebuilding in Contexts of Identity-related Conflicts: A Necessary Collaboration

Community meeting. Photo: UNDP.

In post-conflict societies, decentralization of government is necessary for peace and stability. The local level is where the impact of conflict is mostly felt—where the economic, security, and psycho-social needs are most real and evident, and where perpetrators commit gross violations of human rights. When a government fails to protect and provide for citizens of a particular race, religion, or ethnicity, it loses its authority. In societies with multiple identities, this legitimacy must be apparent to all groups.

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Security Topics: Identity Conflict