Peace Agreement Matrix

The barometer initiative is the latest development of the WFP team to provide ongoing monitoring capacity for the implementation of agreements that complement formal monitoring mechanisms. With financial assistance from Humanity United, the WFP team is launching the Colombia Barometer initiative to create a solid foundation for national reconciliation and lasting peace in Colombia, while serving as a model for real-time monitoring of peace agreements in other countries. This webin provides an overview of the progress and challenges facing aspects of the WPS in negotiating, designing and implementing peace agreements. Contributors will present data, research and experiences from policy development over the past 20 years to better understand the impact of field efforts. The database is now available free of charge on the WFP website, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Ongoing research efforts examine partial peace agreements that lead to a comprehensive peace agreement to determine the success of the peace process. In a related effort, researchers are also working to define the concept of “quality peace” – a concept that goes beyond ending violence to integrate lasting peace as the result of successful peace processes. The data from the previous site was hard to find and clumsy compared to today`s solutions. With our expertise in art articulationing clear goals in terms of design, development, information architecture and user experience, all this vital data is now much easier to find. We have removed some of the technological barriers to enable researchers, negotiators and scientists to quickly and easily find what they are looking for, regardless of the device they are using, and to promote peace around the world. Since the end of the Cold War, hundreds of agreements, including 34 comprehensive peace agreements, have been signed by combatants engaged in armed conflicts around the world. Many have been plunged into a violent confrontation since then. Some have followed the impasse, the economic struggle and the crime.

Others have led to lasting peace. What makes the difference? How can we improve the chances of a peace process succeeding? Here is the scenario: two groups are facing serious conflicts and are trying to find a solution. A peace negotiator is involved to help them express their needs and hopefully to reach a point of solution. Is there a standard language for a particular aspect of the agreement? What has been negotiated and used by others in the past? To answer these and related questions, the Kroc Institute has created the Peace Accords Matrix (WFP), a unique source of comparable data on peace agreements. PAM allows scientists and practitioners to compare 51 different themes in all global peace agreements signed since 1989. This interactive database was developed with support from the U.S. Peace Institute and the National Science Foundation. The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame is a strong source of qualitative and quantitative data on peace agreements around the world. The database allows researchers, scientists, negotiators and policy makers to understand peace agreements not only through comparative information about agreements, but also through their implementation over time.

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