Event on Pathways to Inclusive Conflict Prevention. From a Research and Practice Perspective

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Conflict prevention has become a major focus on the international agenda. From the times of Kofi Annan's pledge to move ‘from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention´ to the three priorities that current UN Secretary General António Guterres said he would adopt:´prevention, prevention and prevention´. The challenge remains however how to shift from conceptualisation of conflict prevention to practical implementation. Key actors in this field are trying to identify what this concretely means for them to make prevention work.

For almost two years, GPPAC and Utrecht University have been working together in the Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding project (WOSCAP). This project, funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme, seeks to enhance the capabilities of the EU for implementing conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions through sustainable, comprehensive and innovative civilian means. Although focused on the EU, the findings have identified some of the key challenges in the field of conflict prevention, some of which are mirrored elsewhere. It underscores the need to think further about what inclusive conflict prevention means in practice, and has highlighted a number of issues that demand further debate.

The Meeting

GPPAC and Utrecht University would like to use this occasion to reflect on the challenges and potential pathways to inclusive conflict prevention with researchers, international civil society practitioners and policy makers. The panel discussion will draw on practical experiences, knowledge and lessons learned from the speakers, which will draw partially on the findings from the WOSCAP project. These findings will be shared with the audience in advance of the meeting to provide food for thought on a number of key questions.

The WOSCAP research includes several thematic reports, but also case studies from Mali, Georgia, Ukraine and Yemen, which can be found here. The event will be preceded by a policy dialogue with representatives of the Dutch MFA, Ministry of Defence and other relevant stakeholders on some of the project's findings and recommendations on the EU's approach to Security Sector Reform (SSR).

Objective: to reflect on the challenges and potential pathways to inclusive conflict prevention efforts from a research, policy and practice perspective;


16:00 Start

5 min Welcome and description of the panel and goals of the event: Darynell Rodríguez Torres

10 min The state of the art of conflict prevention, based on WOSCAP findings. presentation by Georg Frerks (Utrecht University ETC)

45 min Discussion with the guests (Respondents, moderated by Darynell Rodríguez Torres)


prof. dr. ir. Georg Frerks, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Netherlands Defence Academy

dr. Chris van der Borgh, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Gert Kampman, Deputy Director / Head Human Security Cluster at Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TBC)

Ivana Gajovic, GPPAC Board member & Director Nansen Dialogue Centre, Montenegro

Walter Shikuku Odhiambo, GPPAC Board member, Kenya

prof. Moussa Djire, Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako, Mali (TBC)

Moderated by: Darynell Rodriguez Torres, Executive Director GPPAC

20 min Q&A with the audience

10 min closing Sharon Baghwan Rolls, Chair GPPAC Board

Ends at 17:30

Reception: 17:30 - 18:30.


Please note that registration is needed, which can be done here.

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