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6 November 2019

#GPW19: Adapting Peacebuilding to Local Knowledge

SSR and the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission in The Gambia and lessons for the application of EU Integrated Approach

The panel will explore the construct, operation, and impact of localized peacebuilding efforts from the perspective of peacebuilding and cultural processes.

Peacebuilding mechanisms that are rooted in local traditions can inform new perspectives on SSR processes. The creation of a unique, local, and adapted form of transitional justice through the activities of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia is the most recent example of a process that has consciously chosen to privilege local factors over international (Euro-Atlantic) practice. As such, this new way has the potential to impact and influence the current application and future development of EU Integrated approach for Security and Peace (ISP)-funded SSR activities.

The panel will identify specific lessons from the TRRC for the SSR process in the Gambia and consider how the EU Integrated approach for Security and Peace (ISP) is well placed to adapt its understanding and approach to respond more effectively to SSR challenges.



Dr. Briony Jones, Associate Professor in International Development, Deputy Director, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID), University of Warwick.


Ms. Madeleine Majorenko, Head of division ISP1 (Concepts, Knowledge Management and Programmes), Integrated Approach for Security and Peace, EEAS, European Union 

Dr. Jonathan Marley, Policy Analyst – States of Fragility in the Crises and Fragility Team, Global Partnerships and Policy Division, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD; Former DCAF resident coordinator, The Gambia

Mr. Alagie Barrow, Director of Research and Investigations of the Truth, Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission in the Gambia


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 11:15-12:30

GSCP Conference Room 1

Please register on Eventbrite.


Peacekeeping occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. Geneva Peace Week 2019 breaks down silos by offering more than 70 different events to foster meaningful collaboration and explore creative responses to violence, exclusion, and insecurity. DCAF is co-organizing five events during Geneva Peace Week 2019 with a range of partner organizations drawn from International Geneva.