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Can Faith-Based NGOs Advance Interfaith Reconciliation? The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

United States Institute of Peace, Nyameka
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Special Report 103. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace.

It is noted in this report that faith-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) often play important roles as contributors to relief and development in many areas of conflict. Some go further to pursue post-conflict reconciliation in situations of ethnic and religious divisions. The question raised in this report is whether faith-based NGOs can be effective agents of interfaith reconciliation, particularly when they share a religion with one party in the conflict. To answer, the report assesses how activities undertaken by international and local faith-based NGOs have influenced reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The following topics are covered in the report: the nature of reconciliation; the context of reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; obstacles to reconciliation; and the role of faith-based NGOs. Three case studies highlight the issues examined by the report.


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