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BMC International Health and Human Rights

, 2:6

First Online: 04 November 2002Received: 19 April 2002Accepted: 04 November 2002DOI: 10.1186-1472-698X-2-6

Cite this article as: Boyce, W., Koros, M. & Hodgson, J. BMC Int Health Hum Rights 2002 2: 6. doi:10.1186-1472-698X-2-6


BackgroundCertain features of peace-building distinguish it from peacekeeping, and make it an appropriate strategy in dealing with vertical conflict and low intensity conflict. However, some theorists suggest that attempts, through peace-building, to impose liberal values upon non-democratic cultures are misguided and lack an ethical basis.

DiscussionWe have been investigating the peace-building properties of community based approaches to disability in a number of countries. This paper describes the practice and impact of peace-building through Community Based Rehabilitation CBR strategies in the context of armed conflict. The ethical basis for peace-building through practical community initiatives is explored. A number of benefits and challenges to using CBR strategies for peace-building purposes are identified.

SummaryDuring post-conflict reconstruction, disability is a powerful emotive lever that can be used to mobilize cooperation between factions. We suggest that civil society, in contrast to state-level intervention, has a valuable role in reducing the risks of conflict through community initiatives.

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Autor: William Boyce - Michael Koros - Jennifer Hodgson


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