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Peacebuilding Definitions

Reconciliation: Refers to restoring right relationships between people who have been alienated and separated from each other during conflict. Reconciliation occurs not only in relationships, but also at the spiritual, personal, social, structural and ecological levels.

Justice in Peacebuilding: Social justice is a central concern of CRS peacebuilding, and provides a set of principles that inform our peacebuilding activities. Peacebuilding has to create constructive ways to confront injustice and respect the human dignity of everyone involved when focusing on justice issues that might escalate the conflict.

Conflict Transformation: Describes the constructive changes in personal, relational, structural, and cultural dimensions that caused or were affected by conflict. It also refers to the process of change itself that is required to ensure long-term peace and stability.

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