Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

Development and Peacebuilding

Documents about development and peacebuilding include:

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego has developed its 2009-2010 Distinguished Lecture booklets featuring Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health and U.N. Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti; William Ury, co-founder and senior fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project; and Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America.

United States Agency for International Development’s toolkit (PDF document) on religion and peacebuilding contains summaries of four actual USAID programs that have successfully engaged religious actors.

Web-based toolkit for trainers of staff members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) doing peacebuilding, relief,and development work, developed and maintained by Caritas Internationalis.

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit (PDF document), developed by John Paul Lederach, Reina Neufelt and Hal Culbertson, with contributions from John Darby, Brenda Fitzpatrick, Susan Hahn, Myla Leguro, Matha Merritt, and Philip Visser, 2007.

Reflections on Justice, Solidarity and Peacebuilding in CRS Programming (PDF document), edited by Jaco Cilliers and Robin Gulick, 2004.

A Caritas Training Manual (English (2376K (PDF document), Caritas Internationalis, 2006.

Caritas Manual Working for Reconciliation is another resource Caritas Internationalis designed to assist development organizations working on reconciliation.

Applying the Justice Lens to Programming, Larissa Fast, Janis Lindsteadt and Andrea Scharf, 1998, highlights the “justice lens” as applied by various Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) overseas and domestic programs and comparable initiatives by other organizations.

At CPN’s Conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding, a panel was held on Peacebuilding and Conflicts over National Resources made by Fr. Ferdinand Muhigirwa, SJ, Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS), Democratic Republic of Congo.

Catholic Relief Services has published Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development (PDF document) by Jason Gehrig with Mark Rogers, edited by Dennis Warner, Chris Seremet, and Tom Bamat (Baltimore: Catholic Relief Services, 2009), 134 pages.