Key Report on Australia’s Contribution to Peacebuilding

The Australian International Conflict Resolution Project (AICRP) at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with DFAT, has been undertaking an analysis of Australian diplomatic experiences in support of peace processes during the years since 1990.

Interviews were conducted with more than 120 current and former DFAT officers and a few Defence personnel, Australian Federal Police and other public servants, academics and NGO staff who have also engaged in situations of conflict. Their experiences and comments have been transcribed, organised and distilled for the report and provide an authoritative basis for its conclusions and recommendations. The report identifies ways in which Australian capabilities and opportunities to support conflict prevention, peacebuilding and international security could be enhanced.

A policy brief was sent to the Minister for Foreign Affairs shortly after the election and she has replied, welcoming the survey and the report, noting that there are too many recommendations to address in that letter, but supporting those relating to upgrading investment in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and in training programs on conflict prevention and mediation. The Minister suggests having discussions with staff about recommendations that relate to their areas of responsibility. Both letters can be read by clicking the links below.

Letter to Senator Payne

Senator Payne's response

The School of Social and Political Sciences supported the earlier stages of the project; and the Melbourne School of Government has provided the base during the last eighteen months.

Professor John Langmore AM