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Ethnic Led Development & Peace Process

"Moving through the steps of peace processes to the necessary political dialogue needs much commitment."

Spectrum's philosophy embraces inclusive models of development and a desire for lasting peace. But what does that really mean in complex situations with many ethnic groups and long-running conflicts?

Human rights conventions and declarations cover many of the aspects of principles and processes needed for recognising and maintaining human dignity. Is that enough? Clearly it is not in a situation where conflict has been an ongoing feature and lasting peace difficult.

Moving through the steps of peace processes to the necessary political dialogue needs much commitment. Much has been learnt about dialogue processes from other countries in transition. These dialogues will inform the form of the democracy that will hopefully frame a lasting peace. The actual political models of democratic government that cover the principles and practices of federalism, operation of autonomous regions, and the various forms of self government are extremely complex. To what degree should any of these have centralised or decentralised forms of government? The variations are near endless.

In Myanmar most groups seem to accept the need for a federal system that passes some power and authority to regional parliaments and administrative bodies. However matters determining the extent of decentralisation will still need much dialogue. We can help the dialogue with some tools in 'Resources – Rights – Justice' issues and on business and peace issues.

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