Sustainable Conflict Transformation: An Analytical Model for Assessing the Contribution of Development Activities to Peacebuilding


Political Science and International Affairs

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Spring 2010


Despite the widely recognized importance of the link between security and development, there has not been any systematic analysis of the contributions of development actors to post-conflict reconstruction and sustained peacebuilding. The model of sustainable conflict transformation (SCT) developed in this article provides a framework for assessing the contributions of development actors to peacebuilding efforts. More specifically, structuring the SCT model around the topical sectors provided by the UN’s Peacebuilding Capacity Inventory generates an assessment tool that enables us to account specifically for measures aimed at aiding the transformation of cognitive conflict motivators such as conflict attitudes and identities.