Dr. McCandless is attending a workshop on “Measuring Peace Consolidation” at Wilton Park, in the UK, 15-17 October 2014. The meeting is reflecting on how to ensure better practice to guide multilateral organizations and donors in their stabilization and rebuilding of conflict-affected states as they emerge from violence.
The organizers of this meeting include the British Academy, the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Oslo, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), Oslo, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sandöverken, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, the Public Diplomacy Division, NATO, Brussels and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland.
Last week Dr. McCandless attended high level meetings of International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), in Washington DC. She attended both the technical meetings of the Implementation Working Group and political level meetings of the Steering Group. The meetings reviewed a major Monitoring Report of New Deal implementation to date, and set out strategic priorities, discussing workplans and the organizational structure to realize results.
Dr. McCandless is a representative for global civil society in these policy dialogues. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, a body that supports and coordinates civil society advocacy at the global level in this dialogue, as it fosters civic engagement at the national level in g7+ (fragile and conflict affected) countries – in the development of fragility assessments and political compacts with government and donors that lie at the heart of the New Deal agreement.