In the Context of the ZPSP
ZPSP stakeholders often talk about ZPSP as a “space”. In there, the programme fosters interactions and synergies between the upper ranks of the security and political system and different levels of civil society-based organisations and groups. The ZPSP locus allows for a bottom-up input to the dialogue on SST (usually from non-state actors) and a top-down cascading of policies and strategies (usually from state actors).
Definition - Fostering Bottom-up and Top-Down Convergence
Whilst SST is predicated on strong political will and leadership commitment, sustainable change will need as well broader ownership of the process across interest groups and constituencies. Fostering reform also entails creating spaces for dialogue, exchange and negotiation about needs, priorities and strategies, with opportunities for top-down policies converging with bottom-up experiences and expectations. Convergence thus means that, ideally, SST is a medium as much as it is a process.
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