An Architecture for Building Peace at the Local Level: A Comparative Study of Local Peace Committees (A Summary for Practitioners). By UNDP (2011).pdf

"In the past 20 years, local peace committees have emerged as effective instruments for local peacebuilding in conflict-affected situations. LPCs have been established in different countries (many with support from the UNDP) and many anecdotes testify to their effectiveness. But there is little systematized and practical knowledge about LPC successes and failures or how they were created, or the history of government and international development efforts to support or create them.

To fill this gap, the UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery commissioned a study – “An architecture for building peace at local level: A comparative study of local peace committees” – of the effectiveness, composition and history of LPCs. The study focuses on these committees as part of a formally recognized national peace architecture, and examines LPC operations in 12
different contexts by reviewing existing literature and practical experiences. It also includes eight full case studies: FYR Macedonia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and South Africa. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic compilation of practical lessons learned from existing local peace mechanisms. The study outlines what LPCs can and cannot do and how successful LPCs are strengthened" (UNDP 2011: 1)