Local Civil Society Organisations from across Bosnia and Herzegovina make recommendations for reconciliation/peacebuilding activities:
Reconciliation work makes a real impact when focused on ordinary lives
The report was compiled on the basis of six focus groups that were held in June-July, 2018. The CSOs involved included the Lara Foundation in Bijeljina, the International Interactive Open Center (MIOC) as well as a range of educational partners in Tuzla, the Network of Believers at a meeting in Medjugorje, the Jadar Women’s Association in Konjević Polje, the Association for the Prevention of Addiction NARKO-NE in Sarajevo, and the Agape Association in Ljubuški.
Participants in the research outlined how reconciliation activity is essential for addressing the real needs of ordinary people across the country. This work should be sensitive to different perspectives, and so should learn from those who have the trust of different communities. They explan why reconciliation activity should be coordinated across the country, so that it involves marginal sectors of the community, so that it includes all sectors and all communities, and so that politicians who need to be engaged in order to understand public needs in local communities see real politics engages with normal people’s needs, not with toxic conflict narratives. Discussants cover economic, social, educational and religious challenges, giving examples from a range of the most socially challenging communities in all parts of BiH.