DDB Webinar: Listening to Locals in Peacebuilding – Experiences from Bosnia, Myanmar and International Peacebuilding Partnerships

25 March, 13:30 – 15:00,

Welcome to an EBA DDB webinar on the local-international relationship in peacebuilding! Please register here.

Swedish development cooperation is increasingly directed at countries affected by conflict and fragility. Sida’s government instruction prescribes the integration of a conflict perspective in all development activities. In peacebuilding and conflict prevention, the relationship with local actors is key but entails various challenges and risks.

How can we understand the local–international relationship based on Swedish experiences of women’s peacebuilding? How can international actors become better at listening to their local peacebuilding partners? What can indigenous practices and initiatives teach us about sustainable peace?

These are some of the questions that this webinar will focus on. The webinar will be based on three new EBA Development Dissertation Briefs (DDBs). These DDBs summarise recent doctoral dissertations on peacebuilding with case studies from Bosnia, Myanmar and international peacebuilding partnerships.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from recent development research at Swedish universities!



Sanela Bajramović, PhD in History, Örebro University

Pernilla Johansson, PhD in Political Science, University of California, Irvine

Tomas Cole, PhD in Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Moderator: Helena Lindholm, Chair, EBA

Discussant: Johanna Malm, PhD, Project Manager DRC, Folke Bernadotte Academy



13:30 Introduction

DDB presentations:

  • Sanela Bajramović – Hierarchical Sisterhood: Supporting Women’s Peacebuilding through Swedish Aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina 1993–2013 (DDB Forthcoming)
  • Pernilla Johansson – The Invisibility Cloak: How ’Internationals’ Emotions Affect Their Listening in Peacebuilding Partnerships (DDB 2021:01)
  • Tomas Cole – Liberation Conservation: The Salween Peace Park and the Politics of Possessing the Earth in Southeast Myanmar (DDB 2021:02)

Comments and panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

15:00 End of seminar


Where? This webseminar will be live streamed. If you would like to be able to ask questions during the session you need to kindly register and follow the seminar on Zoom. Please use the regiration link at the top of this page.

Practical information for Zoom participants: Please write your name and organization upon registration. Only main speakers will have their video activated and all participants will join the room with their audio mutedPlease ask questions at any time via chat and our moderator will pick them up.