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17 Like Ryan, Lederach emphasises transforming and cultivating relations between the leading elite and the grassroots. These definitions are not prescriptive, they do not determine the exact nature of peace that is to be built nor do they describe how it would be undertaken. In each case they describe a process of transformation, advocating the importance of structural change. Ryan and Lederach make specific reference to the importance of taking a ‘bottom-up’ approach, and the importance of peaceful relations and reconciliation.
1 Peacebuilding and Economic Recovery Since the end of the Cold War international involvement in war and peace has involved a myriad of organisations. These peace operations have engaged in activities that attempt to assist states in the transition from war to peace, activities like the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of combatants (DDR), the promotion and running of elections, providing monitoring and training in human rights, market liberalisation, reconstruction of infrastructure, and efforts to reconcile warring parties.
Introduction: Peacebuilding and War 11 and reliability. This means that in the methodology the procedures for data collection are outlined and an awareness of the biases and limitations of the research and efforts to remedy them are considered both in the research design and the process of gathering data. In the following discussion the biases of interpretation and sampling are outlined including: the relationship between the research and the researcher; the limitations of using an interpreter; researching the activities of organisations involved in peacebuilding; and researching in violently divided societies.