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What knowledge counts? Local humanitarian knowledge production in protracted conflicts. A Central African Republic case study


Sound decision-making in protracted conflict isdependent on the quality and the relevance of the information available and the knowledge produced. Despite the fact that gaps in humanitarian knowledge are common, local humanitarian knowledge is rarely taken into consideration and for political, structural and social reasons, not visible and valued.

The paper examines if and how the complementarity of different forms of humanitarian knowledge can reduce existing gaps as well as power imbalances embedded in the humanitarian sy.

Valuing and Transferring Local Humanitarian Knowledge

In this 10-minute online class, learn about how national partners, organizations, and communities possess local humanitarian knowledge that is essential for adapting the humanitarian response to the local context. CERAR designed this guide in collaboration with ProLiteracy and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation


Valuing local humanitarian knowledge: learning from the Central African Republic

The humanitarian community needs to better identify, collect, harness and disseminate the local humanitarian knowledge that is developed within protracted conflict settings by national NGOs.

RMF 59 (Octobre 2018)


Observatorio de la violencia simbolica mision exploratoria Colombia

The exploratory mission report carried out in the provinces of Tolima and Valle del Cauca in Colombia, highlighting the importance of symbolic violence in the process of integral reparation for victims of armed conflict.


From Symbolic Violence to Symbolic Reparation. Strengthening Resilience and Reparation in Conflict-Affected Areas through Place-(re)making. Examples from the West Bank and Colombia

Based on examples from the West Bank and central Colombia, this paper investigates how, in conflict settings, symbolic violence affects populations and their perceptions of place, lifestyle and culture. It also looks at the potential that sense of place and place-making have to enhance conflict transforma-tion and strengthen resilience and symbolic reparation. In extreme environments, symbolic violence in daily life and in daily practices has become way to actively impose social or symbolic domination; it can be challenged by community-based peace-building and place-making initiatives.


Building resistance in Hebron

In the face of growing securitisation and colonisation of Hebron’s occupied old city, a set of community initiatives have emerged which seek to build resistance, protect human rights, and counter the economic and social decline of the area.

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