24 September 2020
How do we continue to build and nurture relationships with our partners, when most of us are now in zoom rooms instead of meeting face to face?” Emma Leslie, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies In March 2020, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) began transitioning to an online peacebuilding organisation. [...] The increasing travel restrictions and preventive measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic became a catalyst for CPCS to critically reflect on ways in which we approach peace work and to imagine what could be the benefits and challenges of running an online organisation with staff working remotely. [...] In assessing options for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that the violent conflicts that CPCS is engaged with would continue to unfold despite the global pandemic, and we would need to rapidly transition our organisation to adapt to continue our efforts to violent conflicts in Asia. [...] For example, to establish the purpose and objectives of the process; you have to visualize what is going to happen, which means going through our mind the various stages of the process; anticipate what is going to happen and what might go wrong in the process; preparation of logistics is critical; communicating well with participants what is needed and what to prepare and sending of reading materi. [...] Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies www.centrepeaceconflictstudies.org Who is the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies The Centre for Peace and Conflicts Studies (CPCS) is a Cambodia-based, nongovernmental organisation that promotes strategic interventions to violent conflicts, with the aim of sustainable peace in Asia.