Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have emerged as crucial actors in peacebuilding processes in post-conflict zones, contributing to the liberal state building project. NGOs, like any other organizations, have certain strengths and weaknesses, and face tradeoffs and contradictions in peacebuilding. Given increasing NGO experience in peacemaking and peacebuilding, this volume examines their relatively positive record, as well as the constraints, limitations, and sometimes contradictory impact of their activities and interventions.
Contents: Foreword; Part 1 Conceptualising NGO Roles in Peacebuilding: Expanding involvement of NGOs in emerging global governance, Chadwick F. Alger; The dilemmas of subcontracting the liberal peace, Oliver P. Richmond; Up to no good? recent critics and critiques of NGOs, Kim D. Reiman; Politics beyond the State: globalization, migration and the challenge of non-state actors, Fiona Adamson. Part 2 NGOs in Peacemaking: Building peace Norwegian style: studies in track I½ diplomacy, Ann Kelleher and James Larry Taulbee; Voices from the parallel table: the role of Civil sectors in the Guatemalan peace process, Susan Bargeman; Practicing peace: the role of NGOs in assisting 'Zones of Peace' in Colombia, Catalina Rojas; NGO dilemmas in the post-war Iraq: from stabilization to nation-building, Mahmood Monshipouri; A necessary collaboration: NGOs, peacekeepers and credible military force - the cases of Sierra Leone and East Timor, Michael Gordon Jackson. Part 3 NGOs in Peacebuilding: When civil society promotion fails state-building: the inevitable fault-lines in post-conflict reconstruction, Julie Mertus and Tazreena Sajjad; Private military companies in peace building, Marek Pavka; Promoting NGOs as agents of social stabilisation: trauma management and crime prevention initiatives in the Southern African region, Wole Olaleye and David Backer; A rights-based approach to natural resources management: roles and responsibilities of IGOs, States and NGOs, Clark Efaw and Avtar Kaul; The challenges of an NGO in Post-Communist Europe: the Soros health education program, Susan Shapiro; Community peacebuilding in Somalia - comparative advantages in NGO peacebuilding - the example of the Life and Peace Institute's approach in Somalia (1990-2003), Thania Paffenholz; The role of NGOs in institution-building in Rwanda, Joanna Fisher; Orangi pilot project: an NGO helping to build community, Stephen Barmazel. Part 4 NGOs and Norm Development and Monitoring: Transnational activism