Publications

We made Reconciliations Happen | Stories from the Panguna Dialogue Project

This book describes the work carried out by the Panguna Dialogue Project (PDP) in the Central Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Over the last decade and a half, peacebuilding on Bougainville has come a long way. After the devastations of the crisis years in the 1990s, Bougainville peacebuilding is widely acknowledged as a success story all over the world. PDP created an alliance of peacebuilders at village level in the political constituencies of Eivo-Torau, Ioro and Bolave in Bougainville,  the area where the Panguna mine is located.

The stories in this book were collected by the PDP team after facilitating community dialogues in Ioro, Bolave and Eivo-Torau in October 2015, March 2016, July 2016 and August 2016. They are stories of strength and stories of change from the communities that engaged with PDP. In addition to the communities that participated in the dialogues, the PDP team also met and shared stories with the Meekamui of Panguna. These stories also included in the book.

Authors:

James Tanis (ABG), Volker Boege (PaCSIA), Serge Loode (PaCSIA), Erica Rose Jeffrey (PaCSIA), The Communities of Eivo-Torau, Bolave and Ioro, The Meekamui Government of Unity, Anscar Nionem (BID), Francis Nazia (BID).

Editors:

Volker Boege, Serge Loode & Erica Rose Jeffrey (PaCSIA).

Publisher:

Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia, Brisbane, 2016.

Voices of the People | Perceptions and Preconditions for Democratic Development in Fiji

Since gaining independence on 10 October 1970, the people of Fiji have experienced four coups. While the leaders of the first three coups claimed to represent the interests of the iTaukei, the leader of the fourth coup (on 5 December 2006), Commodore Frank Bainimarama, stated that his aims were to address the underlying political problems to eliminate Fiji’s ‘coup culture’ forever. The coups and following political confusion have seriously undermined Fiji’s economy and people’s sense of security. All coups have been powered by a combination of factors, including inter-ethnic competition over resources, traditional conflicts between the chiefly choice, low levels of education, an iTaukei-dominated military force, and traditional institutions of governance challenged by systems of democracy and human rights. The experiences of Fijian citizens of ‘democracy’ and different models of governance are thus marked by discontent. If the root causes of this discontent are not addressed, the country may experience more political disruptions in the future. Aspiring to carry out an extensive and impartial inquiry into governance issues, this report is based on a systematic exploration and analysis of views of Fijians from all sectors of society. Given this background, this report presents the perceptions and visions of the people of Fiji for future democratic development, as well as their opinions as to the preconditions required for this development. As will be seen when reading this report, the voices of the people carried varying and sometimes conflicting opinions about democracy in Fiji; while some may see this as problematic, we were reminded of the saying: ‘You don’t get harmony of everyone sings the same tune’.

Authors:

Volker Boege (PaCSIA), Aisake Casimira (Pacific Conference of Churches), Manfred Ernst (IRSA-PTC) and Felicity Szesnat (University of Sussex, UK).

Editors:

Manfred Ernst (IRSA-PTC) and Felicity Szesnat (University of Sussex, UK).

Publisher:

Institute for Research and Social Analysis-Pacific Theological College, Fiji, 2013.

Reports

Panguna Dialogue Project | Policy Brief

The Panguna Dialogue Project (PDP) Policy Brief provides an introduction to the aims of PDP, an overview of the “community dialogue” and “storytelling methodology” and an account of the project activities conducted by PaCSIA and the local PDP facilitator team. It also summarises the lessons for peacebuilding and development work that all project partners have learned from PDP.

Authors:

Volker Boege, Erica Rose Jeffrey, Bonaventure Kenulei, Serge Loode, Francis Nazia, Dominica Rovokea, PaCSIA and Bougainville Indigenous Dialogue, November 2016.

Community Cafe Dialogues | Participatory Needs and Opportunities Assessment Report

Community Café Dialogues (CCD), as part of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia (PaCSIA), approached the University of Queensland (UQ) and requested a UQ consultant group conduct a Participatory Needs and Opportunities Assessment (PNOA). The PNOA was held on 15 May 2014 at the Romero Centre in Dutton Park and its purpose was two­‐fold. Firstly, the PNOA aimed to better understand the role that CCD has played in the lives of its participants. The PNOA was used as a means to evaluate both the strengths and weaknesses of CCD, as perceived by its participants. Secondly, the PNOA was used to identify future topics for discussion during CCD. These topics were raised if participants felt that they had not yet been addressed in past events. This report aims to articulate some of the key the findings that have emerged from the PNOA in relation to both of these guiding objectives. In doing so, the report identifies the needs of participants and future opportunities for CCD. The report concludes with a number of recommendations to aid in improving and building CCD, to better meet the needs of its participants.

Authors:

Imelda Griffin, Jordan Tredinnick and Eadie Hancock, University of Queensland Consultant Group, September 2014.

This Is Our Story – ASSI 150 Case Study | Report, PaCSIA, April 2014

In 2013 PaCSIA facilitators Serge Loode and Brad Lewis organised and facilitated a sustained consultation and dialogue process with Australian South Sea Islanders, Mununjali Traditional Owners, descendants of plantation owners, current landowners and the larger Beaudesert community which led to the This Is Our Story Commemoration Ceremony on 24 August. Together with Scenic Rim Regional Council we have finally documented this highly successful process.

What made the process unique was the combination of large-group Community Café events which brought together many different stakeholders to share stories and experiences, small-group restorative circles to explore the journeys that different stakeholders were embarked on and ongoing negotiation and event planning in a small planning committee drawn from the different stakeholder groups.

Authors:

Serge Loode (PaCSIA), Brad Lewis (PaCSIA), Bronwyn Davies (Scenic Rim Regional Council) and Mark Paddick (Scenic Rim Regional Council).

Videos

CCD Brisbane– 2012

CCD Australia– Why Are We Here?

CCD Australia– A Place of Safety?

This is Our Story

Brave New Welcome

Training Resources

Conflict Analysis | Teaching Module 2011

A tool for groups and individuals to understand the impact of conflict and to visualise the underlying needs of conflict parties

PaCSIA Mediation Training Manual | Updated 2017

PaCSIA presents its Mediation Training Manual under a Creative Commons licence. Please note that the manual complements PaCSIA training courses and is not a standalone course program.

Annual Reports

PaCSIA Annual Report | 2015-2016