Sunday 31 January

Arrival Day

Monday 1 February: Peacebuilding Strategies Across Borders

1000 – 1100

Opening Keynotes: Pathways to Peace, Security and Democracy: The Role of Parliamentarians

How important are parliaments, parliamentarians and parliamentary processes to establishing sustainable peace in fragile states? What is the role of a parliamentarian within a fragile state, within the region and as part of the broader international community? 

  • Keynote: Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi Director, Democratic Governance Practice, UNDP; Former Minister and MP, South Africa
  • Keynote: Mr Donald Steinberg Deputy President, International Crisis Group
  • Chairperson: Lord Anderson Labour, UK

1120 – 1240
Policy Priorities for Tackling State Fragility: Perspectives

What are the causes of fragility? What are the drivers of violent and non-violent change? How can state resilience be built up to avoid a return to violent conflict? What policy areas should parliamentarians prioritise to tackle state fragility? What principles should guide policy development and scrutiny?

  • Dr Funmi Olonisakin Director, Conflict, Security and Development Group, Kings College, London
  • Professor James Putzel Director, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Chairperson: Baroness Verma Conservative, UK

1240 – 1400
Lunch hosted by Rt Hon. John Bercow MP Speaker of the House of Commons (Delegates Only)

1400 – 1520
Implementing Peace and Security Policy: Cross-Government Approaches and International Engagement

How can international engagement better support local peacebuilding strategies? What strategies do governments adopt to coordinate responses to state fragility? What are the benefits and challenges associated with implementing cross-government approaches?

  • Mr David Ashley Regional Conflict Advisor – South Asia, British High Commission, Sri Lanka
  • Mr Rory Keane Team Leader, International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris
  • Mr Phil Vernon Director of Programmes, International Alert, London
  • Chairperson: Baroness Falkner of Margravine Liberal Democrat, UK

1540 - 1700
Scrutinising Multilateral Peacebuilding Actors: Parliamentary Networks in Action

What roles have multilateral organisations played in peacebuilding? How have parliamentarians in donor and fragile states scrutinised the activities of these international actors (UN, IMF, World Bank) and better held them to account? What innovative peacebuilding initiatives have emerged from international, regional and national parliamentary networks and partnerships? 

  • Hon. Dr Juliana Kantengwa MP Former Secretary General AMANI Forum -  The Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum on Peace, Rwanda
  • Dr Sara Pantuliano Research Fellow and Programme Leader, Overseas Development Institute
  • Rt Hon. the Baroness D’Souza Crossbench; All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security, UK
  • Chairperson: Mr Simon Hughes MP Liberal Democrat, UK

1730 – 1830
Evening Welcome Reception with Exhibition by the Forgiveness Project, CPA and IPU Rooms, Houses of Parliament, London

  • Hosted by Mr John Austin MP Labour; Chair, CPA UK Branch
  • Ms Marina Cantacuzino Director and Founder, Forgiveness Project

Tuesday 2 February: Revitalising Economies and Human Security

0900 – 1000
Keynotes: Sustainable Peace, Security and Development

How does violent conflict sustain underdevelopment? What are the challenges to rebuilding the economy after conflict? How can priorities and budgets for security and public service provision be balanced to meet public expectations? What role can parliamentarians in donor and fragile states play in scrutinising peacebuilding initiatives for the transition to peace, security and development?

  • Keynote by Video: His Excellency Paul Kagame President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Keynote: Mr Andrew Mitchell MP Conservative; Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, UK
  • Discussant: Dr Alina Rocha Menocal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
  • Chairperson: Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench, UK

1000 – 1120
Rebuilding Public Financial Management Systems: Moving Beyond Aid Dependence

How can domestic revenue collection in fragile states be strengthened to reduce foreign aid dependency? How can large numbers of international donors be coordinated without compromising local ownership of reconstruction? What are the challenges and opportunities for parliamentarians?

  • Ms Mary Baine Commissioner General, Rwanda Revenue Authority
  • Professor Thandika Mkandawire Chair in African Development, London School of Economics
  • Mr Nicola Pontara Senior Economist, Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group, World Bank
  • Chairperson: Mr Tony Cunningham MP Labour, UK

1140 – 1300
Harnessing the Power of Business: Part of the Solution?

What happens to the private sector during conflict and how can it support peacebuilding? How can local entrepreneurship be developed? How can the private sector be monitored and encouraged to avoid aggravating violent conflict?

  • Mr Richard Dion Policy and External Relations, Shell International
  • Ms Canan Gündüz Senior Programme Officer, International Alert
  • Dr Hugo Slim Director, CforC Ltd
  • Chairperson: Mr Brooks Newmark MP Conservative, UK

1400 - 1520
Reinstating Rule of Law: The Foundations for Development and Community Security

How does reinstating rule of law produce peace dividends – create the space for investment as well as human security? How can rule of law be re-established where resources are scarce and systems are fragmented and un-coordinated? 

  • Dr Phil Clark Convenor Oxford Transitional Justice Research, University of Oxford
  • Mr Graham Mathias Policing and Security Adviser, Saferworld
  • Ms Yasmine Sherif Senior Rule of Law, Justice & Security Adviser, Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery, UNDP
  • Chairperson: Mr Gary Streeter MP Conservative, UK

1540 - 1700
Effective Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of Conflict Actors: Women and Men, Girls and Boys

What can we learn from the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS) in terms of good practice and policy guidance? At its 10th anniversary, how effectively has Security Council Resolution 1325 been implemented in DDR? How can parliamentarians scrutinise DDR strategies to ensure they curb violence and address the human rights and needs of former combatants in all their diversity – women, men, girls and boys? 

  • Dr Jaremey McMullin School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Ms Irma Specht Director, Transition International, the Netherlands
  • Baroness Afshar Crossbench, UK

Wednesday 3 February: Improving Access to Justice

0900 - 1000
Keynote: Parliamentarians and Transitional Justice: No Peace Without Justice?

How can issues of justice and rule of law be broached in the aftermath of violent conflict without re-igniting old tensions and hostilities? How can the International Criminal Court serve justice and support peacebuilding together?

  • Keynote: Mr Paul Van Zyl Former Executive Vice-President, International Centre for Transitional Justice
  • Discussant: Ms Nita Yawanarajah Adviser and Head, Good Offices Section, Political Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Chairperson: Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP Conservative, UK

1000 – 1120
Negotiating Justice and Reconciliation: Perspectives and Experiences

What local, national and international tools and strategies can support justice and reconciliation? What lessons can be learned from experiences of implementing truth and reconciliation commissions/hearings? How can gender-based violence issues be better tackled? How can parliamentarians support these processes?

  • Dr Fanie du Toit Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
  • Rt Rev the Lord Eames OM Crossbench; Co-chair to Consultative Group on Legacy of Northern Ireland Conflict 2008-09
  • Dr Sari Kouvo Head, Afghanistan Program, International Centre for Transitional Justice
  • Chairperson: Ms Anne McKechin MP Labour, UK

1140 – 1300
Peacekeeping for the Long Term: Strengthening Effectiveness and Accountability

How does peacekeeping relate to peacebuilding? How has the expanding mandate of peacekeeping operations (civilian protection; disarmament demobilisation and reintegration of combatants, security sector reform, return and reintegration of internally displaced persons and refugees) been matched with developments in training and coordination? What mechanisms exist for holding peacekeepers to account?

  • Dr Kwesi Aning Head, Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution Department, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana
  • Dr Marsha Henry, London School of Economics
  • Lord Robertson of Port Ellen Labour; Secretary-General, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 1999-2003; Secretary of State for Defence 1997-99
  • Chairperson: Mr Bruce George MP Labour, UK

1400 – 1700
Parallel Workshops: Session 1 (Delegates only)
Facilitator guided workshops exploring key issues and delegate experiences - challenges and lessons learned. Working towards developing strategies and follow-up action at the national, regional and international level, workshop sessions will include:

  • Conflict Sensitive Policy Making - Part 1 (Mrs Fleur Just, Training and Learning Team Manager and Mr Aurélien Tobie, Programme Officer, International Alert)
  • Negotiating Peacemaking Strategies: Engaging Armed Groups and Civil Society (Mr Jonathan Cohen, Director of Programmes and Ms Cynthia Petrigh, Director of Policy and Comparative Learning, Conciliation Resources)
  • Managing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding (Dr Ulrike Joras, Senior Programme Officer, International Alert)
  • Working for a More Accountable Security Sector - Police, Military and Intelligence (Ms Chamila Hemmathagama, Team Leader, and Mr Graham Mathias, Security and Justice Sector Development Adviser, Saferworld)

1700 - 2200
Flight and Transfer: Westminster, London to Belfast, Northern Ireland (Delegates only)

Thursday 4 February: Rebuilding Citizen-State Relations 

1000 – 1045
Keynote: Rebuilding Citizen – State Relations: Governance Challenges and Opportunities

What is the role of national dialogue mechanisms and processes in sustainable peacebuilding? How can an inclusive and transparent state, active civil society and professional media rebuild public trust and reduce the risk of a return to violence? How can parliamentarians support the construction or restoration of systems for national dialogues? How can decentralisation of political decision making help? What role can traditional leadership structures play?

  • Keynote: Dr Sina Odugbemi Program Head, Communication for Governance & Accountability Program (CommGAP), The World Bank
  • Chairperson: Mr David McClarty MLA Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

1100 - 1200
Rebuilding Public Confidence After Violent Conflict: Northern Ireland Assembly Case Study

How have parliamentarians elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly worked to build an inclusive and transparent political system in Northern Ireland? How have they negotiated public expectations through transition? How do parliamentarians perform their role of scrutiny without undermining fragile peace? What have been the challenges and political breakthroughs? What lessons have been learned from working with civil society and the media?
Representatives from parties of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly including:

  • Mr Robin Newton MBE MLA Junior Minister, Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Executive; Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
  • Mr Francie Molloy MLA Sinn Féin (SF)
  • Mr Danny Kennedy MLA Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
  • Mr Alban Maginness MLA Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
  • Mr David Ford MLA Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
  • Ms Dawn Purvis MLA Progressive Unionist Party (PUP)
  • Chairperson: Mr William Hay MLA Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

1200 - 1300
Forum: Delegates and Northern Ireland Assembly Panellists in Dialogue
An opportunity for delegate parliamentarians to pose questions and engage in discussion with panellists from the Northern Ireland Assembly – sharing common challenges and lessons learned 

1400 – 1700
Parallel Workshops: Session 2 (Delegates only)

  • Conflict Sensitive Policy Making - Part 2 Mrs Fleur Just, Manager, Training and Learning Team and Mr Aurélien Tobie, Programme Officer, International Alert
  • Negotiating Peacemaking Strategies: Engaging Armed Groups and Civil Society Mr Jonathan Cohen, Director of Programmes and Ms Cynthia Petrigh, Director of Policy and Comparative Learning, Conciliation Resources
  • Working with Civil Society: Where next for UN Security Council Resolution 1325? Ms Cynthia Gaigals, Manager, Peacebuilding Issues Programme and Ms Minna Lyytikainen, Programme Officer, International Alert
  • The Role of Media and Communications in Transition to Stability Mr Gordon Adam, Director and Mr Emrys Schoemaker, Director, iMedia Associates

1700 – 1830
Evening Welcome Reception, The Grand Hall, Northern Ireland Assembly, Belfast
Hosted by Mr William Hay MLA Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Friday 5 February: Moving Forward  

0900 – 1000
Delegate-led Workshop Report Back
Delegate-led session presenting outcomes of workshops held on Wednesday and Thursday

1000 – 1300
Visit to local integrated schools and community projects in Belfast

1400 - 1500
Delegate Session: Summing Up and Agreement of Conference Communique

Chairperson: Lord Dubs Labour; Member, Human Rights Joint Committee; Vice-Chair Landmine Eradication APPG; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office 1997-99

1500 – 1600
Closing Keynote: The Commonwealth, International Parliamentary Diplomacy and Building Peace

How has the Commonwealth at its 60th anniversary facilitated inclusive and multilayered international diplomacy and supported transitions from violent conflict to peace? What lessons have been learned? How can the Commonwealth contribute over the next 60 years and what role can parliamentarians play in international diplomacy for sustainable development, peace and security?

  • His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma Commonwealth Secretary-General
  • Chairperson: Mr Declan O’Loan MLA Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)


The Conference Programme is also available to download (PDF PDF 166 KB) (PDF 165 KB)