Partnerships for Sustaining Peace

Partnerships for Sustaining Peace

In the context of the EU Partnership Forum 2017 the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) will co-organize a thematic partnership session with Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) on 6th of July from 4-6 pm. The session will focus on the partnership between the EU and Civil Society Organizations in the areas of crisis, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding. The side event will discuss the role of civil society working on the nexus of development, security, peacebuilding and statebuilding – and focus on the role of partnerships in forging progress towards greater stability and resilience.

The session will feature three country cases (South Sudan, Central African Republic and Togo) that are presented as examples of how a principled approach as embarked upon in context of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States can harness and solidify continuous and meaningful involvement of civil society.

The session will bring together representatives from South Sudan, Central African Republic and Togo as well as representatives from EU institutions and colleagues from Civil Society Organizations to dialogue on the need to strengthen and deepen partnerships to respond to complex and evolving challenges in Fragile and Conflict-affected Contexts. The session hopes to conclude with concrete recommendations for follow-up by key stakeholders (including the EU delegations) in case countries discussed.


1. Ms. Rita Martin: Executive Director and Co-founder of EVE Organization for Women Development in Juba - South Sudan

EVE was established to help improve women’s participation in decision-making, reconciliation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution in South Sudan through knowledge transfer, professional development and capacity building. Ms. Rita Martin is an active member of the CSPPS platform. Ms. Martin will focus on dialogue processes in SSD, what has worked in the past and how can this help the National Dialogue process embarked upon by the Government of South Sudan.

2. Mr. Eloi Kouzoundji: President of Groupe de Réflexion sur la Démocratie et le Développement Economique et Social in Bangui - CAR

Mr. Eloi Kouzoundji is the Deputy Coordinator of the CSPPS Country Team in Bangui/CAR and President of GRDDES-Centrafrique. Mr. Kouzoundji will present outcomes of EDD17 discussion on Supporting Partnerships for Peace in the Central African Republic and reflect on recent developments in the CAR.

3. Mr. Guy Aho Tete Benissan: Regional Coordinator of REPAOC - Network of West and Central African NGO National Platforms in Dakar – Senegal

Mr. Guy Aho Tete Benissan is a Togolose national and current Chair of the CSPPS Executive Committee. As Regional Coordinator of REPAOC Mr. Benissan will share a regional perspective on Civil Society’s engagement in peace processes with EU delegations across Western Africa; lessons learned, good practices and recommendations for the future – next to commenting on current processes in Togo.

4. Ms. Maria Manuela Cabral: Head of Unit for Fragility and Resilience, European Commission


Moderator for the session:  Mr. Peter van Sluijs, Coordinator CSPPS and Senior Strategist  at Cordaid


See the short summary report or the long summary report here. The french version of the report can be viewed here.


For more information please contact:

Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Peter van Sluijs, Coordinator CSPPS and Senior Strategist @Cordaid

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Thu 6 July 2017
Brussels, Belgium
Start Time:
16:00 PM