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 litigation".

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 conflict.

"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.

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