Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Friction Sites and Local-level Peacebuilding in Haiti, Liberia and South Sudan
Author: Niels Nagelhus Schia* & John Karlsrud
Year: 2013
Publisher: International Peacekeeping
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Peacebuilding actors have been heavily criticized for being postcolonial, orientalist and mired in a Western rationality, causing a gap between needs on the ground and the means provided, and resulting in poor delivery. From recent fieldwork in Liberia, Haiti and South Sudan we argue that while there is merit to much of this critique, there is also a will to analyse and understand the local political economy and how international actors become a part of it, but that peacebuilding tends to fall victim to conflicting power structures within the UN and between international actors, as well as to the lack of application of acquired knowledge and cumbersome processes.