Conflict prevention and peacebuilding project bears fruit

The EU-CIVCAP project, funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 research programme, assesses all aspects of EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities and policies. Now in its final year, the project’s research outputs are becoming available at an accelerating pace. CEPS is the main consortium member in charge of outreach to policymakers, researchers and practitioners.

The fifth EU-CIVCAP Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Forum was organised by CEPS in collaboration with PeaceTraining.eu, with the participation of 40 experts and observers. The programme featured presentations from three researchers on various aspects of technology, ICT and big data and their potential role in reducing the likelihood of conflict and contributing to building sustainable peace, with a focus on early warning, rapid response, imagery analysis and training.

Cristian Barbieri, Junior Researcher at the IAI, shared the early findings of an EU-CIVCAP study that is being conducted by a CEPS-IAI-EPLO team led by Giovanni Faleg of IAI, and that was subsequently discussed in plenary. Leila Demarest, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Peace and Development at KU Leuven, presented PeaceTraining.eu, an EU-funded project whose goal is to use e-learning to help improve European capabilities in peacebuilding operations. Róisín Smith, a Research Fellow at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University, presented Gaming for Peace (GAP), a new EU-funded project aimed at enhancing the development of soft skills such as communication, collaboration or gender awareness for personnel to be deployed in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (CPPB) missions.