Building on local knowledge
Peace can only arise and be sustainable through the active involvement of the communities in the conflict areas. Indeed, people in societies affected by conflict often have local customs and traditional methods to build peace, combined with the will to do so. LPI seeks to learn from this local knowledge and, where possible, build on it. LPI endeavours to be sensitive to cultural differences, customs and faiths, as long as these do not undermine respect for human rights and gender equality.
The Institute’s conflict transformation methodology ensures that the cultural dimension, focusing on patterns, norms and values, as well as how violent conflict can cause deep-seated cultural change within a society, is incorporated in the context analysis. The results of the research are presented and shared locally, with the aim of encouraging action for positive change.