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One local informant explained that he was not trusted by anyone. As a Tamil working for the government, local people think he is a government supporter. In the South he is a Tamil working in the North, so he is an LTTE supporter. 58 An obvious outsider may make a more convincing claim to impartiality and therefore may be in a stronger position to gain access to both sides in a divided society. Regina Scheyvens et al. 59 As a white outsider, and aware that people might think that I was someone more powerful than I was, I made every effort to allay these perceptions.

Similarly the main providers of assistance 14 Aid, Peacebuilding and the Resurgence of War are NGOs and again, respondents did not want to complain about the NGO in case assistance was withdrawn. To allay these fears recording equipment was not used at the local level, and interviews were relaxed and informal. Brief notes were taken, and elaborated upon later. 69 The risks involved in terms of harm, consent and confidentiality arise from the research topic and its concern with violent conflict, not with the sensitivity of the subject matter itself.

There are two views on the timing of peacebuilding, one which sees the potential of peacebuilding activities to support the peacemaking process, and another which sees these types of transformative programmes as unlikely to take place in the absence of security guarantees. In Sri Lanka, peacebuilding activities were proposed and undertaken without either a peace agreement, peace negotiations or any security guarantee. Peacebuilding and Economic Recovery 27 Theories of peacebuilding In the preceding discussion, peacebuilding definitions are based on what appear to be the causes of conflicts.

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