Source: (2008) Peace Prints. South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding. 1(1).

What is peacebuilding? Is it post-war economic development, relationship building, or any project aimed at social change? Terminological confusion negatively impacts how the field is understood and funded. It makes it hard for funders or policymakers to know what they are supporting. It makes it difficult for practitioners to collaborate on peacebuilding projects when people bring different expectations about what the scope of peacebuilding includes. “Mission creep” may occur as groups with imprecise definitions of peacebuilding move from one task to another without conscious choice. Achieving clarity on the different definitions – and the implications of those definitions – of peacebuilding is a first step in preventing these problems. (author's abstract)


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