On November 8th 2017, Mr. Hamid Darwesh, Program Director of AJO participated in the conference on ‘Effectiveness and Inclusivity of EU Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention' at the Scotland House in Brussels. Over a hundred participants attended the conference and during the conference, policy makers, academics and civil society practitioners presented the findings of two EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects IECEU - Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention and WOSCAP - Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.
The conference was organised around five panels, which were composed of by project representatives together with members of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The conference was opened by Stefano Tomat, Head of Division of PRISM (Prevention of conflicts, Rule of law, SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation) from the EEAS, who highlighted the usefulness of linking policy to academia and practitioners.
The panels addressed the EU effectiveness in conflict prevention through discussions around Security Sector Reform, Multi-Track Diplomacy, EU integrated approach, inclusivity and local ownership. Learnings were shared from the cases of Ukraine, Mali, Yemen, Kosovo, Georgia, Afghanistan, Palestinian Territories and Bosnia and Herzegovina.