NGO's and Post-conflict Recovery: The Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency, Bougainville

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Helen Hakena, Peter Ninnes, Bert A. Jenkins
Asia Pacific Press, 2006 - History - 182 pages
When government services have broken down or when international non-government organizations (NGOs) are uninterested or unable to help, grassroots non-government organizations provide important humanitarian, educational, and advocacy services. Yet, too often the story of the crucial role played by these organizations in conflict and post-conflict recovery goes unheard. One such NGO is the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency, which is examined in this book. This agency provides many salutary lessons for grassroots NGOs undertaking peace-making and peace-building work. In the thirteen years of its existence, it has contributed humanitarian assistance, provided education programs on peace, gender issues, and community development, and has become a powerful advocate for women's and children's rights at all levels of society. Its work has been recognized through the award of a United Nations' Millennium Peace Prize in 2000 and a Pacific Peace Prize in 2004. This book makes a unique contribution to understanding the role of NGOs in promoting peace and development in the southwest Pacific.

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Peter Ninnes is Coordinator of the Centre for Research on Education in Context at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. His research interests include comparative and international education, the cultural politics of education, and education in post-conflict societies. He is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society.

Meeri HellstA(c)n is a lecturer in education at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research interests are cross-cultural and comparative education, socio-cultural and identity issues in education, e-learning pedagogies, and effective teaching and learning in higher education. She convenes and teaches on a large undergraduate unit in educational psychology.

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