This article discusses the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting peace education, coexistence, reconciliation and dialogue among young people in Vukovar, Croatia. We argue that reconciliation cannot be imposed from above, but must be built, nurtured, and sustained from the bottom up. Much of this work of dialogue building is carried out at the community level by grassroots organizations. We describe the types of civic organizations, the peacebuilding approaches used, as well as the sustainability, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and barriers for youth participation in these organizations. A number of in-depth interviews were conducted with representatives of civic organizations in Vukovar. Moreover, the methodology involved an analysis of programs and activities promoted by the community organizations. Findings illustrate that different strategies and activities are used by community organizations, involving a relatively small number of participants, who do not have a developmental plan in place to follow young people after the termination of a project.

Community Relations Work With Young People in Vukovar, Croatia: An Exploratory Study in Coexistence Building / Kosic, Ankica; Byrne, S.. - In: PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES. - ISSN 1082-7307. - STAMPA. - 15:(2009), pp. 62-80.

Community Relations Work With Young People in Vukovar, Croatia: An Exploratory Study in Coexistence Building.

KOSIC, Ankica;
2009

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This article discusses the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting peace education, coexistence, reconciliation and dialogue among young people in Vukovar, Croatia. We argue that reconciliation cannot be imposed from above, but must be built, nurtured, and sustained from the bottom up. Much of this work of dialogue building is carried out at the community level by grassroots organizations. We describe the types of civic organizations, the peacebuilding approaches used, as well as the sustainability, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and barriers for youth participation in these organizations. A number of in-depth interviews were conducted with representatives of civic organizations in Vukovar. Moreover, the methodology involved an analysis of programs and activities promoted by the community organizations. Findings illustrate that different strategies and activities are used by community organizations, involving a relatively small number of participants, who do not have a developmental plan in place to follow young people after the termination of a project.
Post-conflict reconciliation; Community Relations Work; Vukovar (Croatia)
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Community Relations Work With Young People in Vukovar, Croatia: An Exploratory Study in Coexistence Building / Kosic, Ankica; Byrne, S.. - In: PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES. - ISSN 1082-7307. - STAMPA. - 15:(2009), pp. 62-80.
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