Lessons learned, implications and recommendations for practice
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This chapter is structured into three sections: lessons learned from each of the three programmes; implications for conflict transformation practice in terms of a lack of specialist knowledge and understanding, non-existent (government) conflict transformation policy and a strategic conflict transformation planning deficit; recommendations for transformation practice. It notes that the assessment of some of these programmes has delivered some stark insights: conflict is a costly experience - transforming a violent and conflict ridden society into one that allows societal structures and levels to peacefully co-exist is a complex, multi-faceted and long-term task. Therefore, the key questions asked and answered by this chapter are what lessons have been learned from these programmes? What are the implications of these lessons for those charged with implementing and managing conflict transformation processes? What recommendations can be made to other societies emerging from conflict, seeking the successful and sustainable transformation of their conflicts? In making recommendations for transformation practice and policy, it is acknowledged that they are not of the ‘one cap fits all’ variety. Nevertheless, most of these proposals are fundamental to successful conflict transformation taking place and need to be carefully considered by those in a position to do so.

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