Peace and democracy A key focus of Inter Pares' work is the restoration and development of accountable and responsible government at the local, regional and national levels. Around the world, citizens' groups are promoting broad participation in the process of democratization. These efforts aim to re-establish the power and accountability of governments to set national social and economic policies that protect and promote the interests of all citizens.
Since so many places where Inter Pares is active have been torn by war and violence, building democratic societies in this sense is often predicated on a transition from sustained conflict to a sustainable and permanent peace built on processes of reconciliation and self-determination. In many parts of the world, citizens’ groups are attempting to construct durable peace after years of conflict and war. Inter Pares and our counterparts are promoting the conditions necessary for peace – justice, tolerance, participation, equality – as well as reconciliation. Inter Pares’ experience is that international actors can help create the space for social processes in post-conflict situations when our interventions are based in established relationships of trust and collaboration, and we commit ourselves to support, over the long term, efforts aimed at reconciliation and reconstruction.
The development of accountable local government is an important part of this strategy. Inter Pares and our counterparts in many regions are developing local civic associations that create possibilities for local development that respond to people’s needs and promote broad participation. We promote integration among these processes, reinforced by regional, national and international linkages. Local power has enormous potential, not only in ensuring participation and self-governance at the local level, but also in laying the foundation for democratization.
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