CBCR (Community-Based Conflict
Resolution) has come of age. Similar to its' cousin ADR, (Alternative
Dispute Resolution) it is now often referred to by its abbreviation. Like
ADR, it is often confused with "community mediation" or an "alternative to
CBCR has emerged as a distinct
and identifiable field in conflict resolution. It is effective for a wide
range of applications. CBCR is a principle-based
paradigm. It is framed by
principles and methods that define a distinct approach to resolving
"Community-Based" means that it
is to be based on, and responds to the needs of people, especially in
times of uncertainty or tension. CBCR was built on the
premise that the communities...
where we live, where we work and
where we interact...
are the "sum" of many different values and identities, i.e. age, gender,
ability, race, culture and power. To resolve conflict, the resolution must
include as much of that "sum" as possible.
When conflict occurs, it is not
enough to simply "prescribe" or "impose" a solution. "Fixing" a problem
often leads to long cycles of festering
Legacy-Based Conflict. The ownership of the conflict and the choices
related to its outcome are vested in the participants. The processes for
settlement and resolution must evolve from the participants. CBCR's primary
objective is the resolution of conflict through creating an environment of
dignity and respect, which welcomes interaction and settlements that foster
trust and honour.