This paper presents evidence on how media development policies and programmes can help prevent insecurity and violent conflict, and contribute towards peace and justice. It aims to help practitioners and researchers in the field of conflict prevention and communication explore ways to work better in this area.
While there is increasing recognition given to the importance of media and its positive and negative potential in relation to conflict, there is relatively little accessible evidence on what works, guidance for practitioners, or attention from donors.
The paper examines the available literature on this subject specifically focusing on the challenges that conflict prevention and media specialists face in working in this area as well as what we know works, drawing on best practices and lessons learned. It highlights the knowledge gaps around media for conflict prevention and form a basis for the discussion of what steps conflict resolution specialists could take next to engage in this area.
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