Infrastructure for Peace (I4P)
The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development is calling for papers for V7N3, to be published in December 2012. JPD is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for the sharing of critical thinking and constructive action on issues at the intersections of conflict, development, and peace. Housed at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, JPD develops theory-practice and South-North dialogues, foregrounding qualitative methodologies that highlight the micro, hidden impacts of dominant policies and practices, striving to advance innovation and effectiveness.
This special issue will endeavor to capture and examine critical issues and questions on the topic of Infrastructure for Peace (I4P).While a relatively new concept, I4P is quickly gaining recognition for its importance as the standing infrastructure and capabilities for peacebuilding and prevention. These can take many forms at different levels: community-based through national civil society (local peace committees, national peace forums, etc.), governments (Ministries and Departments for Peace, Peace Secretariats, Peace Councils), and regional and international organizations (BCPR, MSU, PBC, PSO within the UN system, the Good Offices Section in the Commonwealth Secretariat). I4P also includes capabilities of peacebuilding andprevention, i.e. early warning systems, training institutes and academies, and traditional community-based conflicthandling capabilities. The special issue is especially interested in articles that explore how I4Ps function, drawing lessons from practical experiences which can contribute to improved policy and practice. It aims to advance thinking around the role, value and contribution of I4P to peacebuilding (including also prevention and post-war recovery). The editors encourage authors to focus on comparative case studies, and examination of I4P at different levels (local, national, regional, international). Other specific themes of interest include: the role of I4P in prevention, and in particular evidence that is emerging through practical cases that illustrate results and impact; how I4P engages and fosters local and national ownership, rooting peacebuilding capabilities within communities, countries and regions; and gender and I4P.
Full call is attached below