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Infrastructures for peace

Societies that are resilient to violent conflicts are those where different groups can constructively interact with one another to address potential causes of tension, such as socio-economic, political, ethnic or religious differences, or unequal resource allocation. To respond to this challenge, states should increasingly adopt more systematic and institutionalized ways to manage conflict and build peace. These institutions, mechanisms, resources, and skills through which conflicts can be resolved and peace sustained within a society, can be described as infrastructures for peace.

UNDP’s Joint Programme with DPA on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, provides an innovative approach to conflict prevention bringing together the political and development arms of the UN. Since its inception in 2004, the Programme has provided support to the UN Resident Coordinators and to UN Country Teams working to strengthen national capacities for conflict prevention, dialogue, mediation, and reconciliation. Over the years, the Programme has become an essential mechanism through which UN Country Teams can draw on the requisite capacities to build national infrastructures for peace, as well as to guide UN engagement in responding to increasing political crisis, radicalization and violent extremism.

Through the Peace and Development Advisors (PDAs), currently 40, the Joint Programme has contributed to a number of successful conflict prevention initiatives, including support to violence-free elections or referenda; assistance in the resolution of specific conflicts or deadlocks; assistance in helping sustain viable platforms for dialogue or conflict resolution and support to nationally led initiatives to establish infrastructures for peace, or mechanisms to prevent and resolve conflicts and to respond to risks of violence.

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