Friday, April 04, 2008

Can peace be instilled?

an one shape norms and institutions to build peace and development? I take a skeptical view of training programs that purport to reduce violence and 'peacebuild'. After a visit to a rural training center in Liberia, however, I may stand corrected.

Liberia's national demobilization and reintegration program came with a 'weapons test'--if you had a weapon, you got demobilized, including a package of household items, cash, and a voucher for a vocational training program.

Read more from Chris Blattman here.