David Nyheim, Chief Executive of ECAS and Managing Partner and Chairman of INCAS Consulting Ltd. (Malta).
The facts are staggering. OECD donor government investment into peace and development stood at USD16.5 billion in the period 2007-2011. During that time, global spending on preparing for or making war was USD10.493 trillion. In practice, for every dollar spent on making and building peace, 635 are spent on doing just the opposite.
So as a peacemaker you’re pretty much outgunned and out-resourced. What do you do? Well a lot of us get jaded. Others do yoga. Others again get angry. Some get involved in politics. Many pursue the development of technical solutions. But just a few get creative.
Margaux Portron, Research and Communications Associate, Artraker.
I went to France this week, and went through Calais, a town which hosts both the ferry port and the entrance to the Eurotunnel. At the moment Calais is at the centre of two crisis. One is what the French call “social conflict” (conflit social), that is to say strikes and protests by different professions.
This wordpress is related to Artraker, an organisation promoting and showcasing conflict art. Collaborators and partners of the organisation will share their insight on their work and on the state of art in conflict or postconflict contexts.
Here we will be able to talk about art and conflict, art and politics, exhibitions we’ve visited, talks we’ve attended, etc.
We are looking forward to see this space come alive, thanks to you!
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