This event will shed light on how to analyse the informal power structures that drive local conflicts. By exploring the theory of ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals’ and discussing its application to peace and stabilisation programming, the presenters will provide a roadmap for engaging often-hidden or elusive power brokers in peacebuilding efforts.
Talks will weave together analysis of what constitutes an ‘elite’ with practical examples of how to incorporate elites in programme activities. By bringing together researchers who developed the ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals’ theory with implementers who piloted the approach in conflict settings, the discussion will investigate the effectiveness of elite-focused conflict resolution methods.
This event marks the publication of the ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals Toolkit’, a guide to applying the theory to peacebuilding activities.
Prof. Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies, SOAS University of London
Prof. Goodhand will open the discussion, providing unique insight into ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals' theory, and how it can lead to a more nuanced understanding of complex conflicts.
Todd Diamond, Project Director, Chemonics International
Todd will explain the context of the conflict in Mali, and how Chemonics supported local peacebuilders to adopt Elite Bargains and Political Deals theory into their work.
Adeline Neron, Search for Common Ground
Adeline will discuss Search for Common Ground’s approach to peacebuilding, and the value they see in Elite Bargains and Political Deals theory.
Sahar Tabaja, Peace and Stabilisation Practice Diretor, Chemonics International
Sahar will chair the panel discussion.
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