'Pyramid of Actors' according to John Paul Lederach

For any given conflict situation, there are many different possibilities to approach conflict transformation work. Before arriving at any decision about which ones are the best or most likely to succeed, we need to analyse the situation. Of course, there are also many different ways of analysing. The 'Pyramid of Actors' developed by John Paul Lederach is one way which allows us to take a step back and consider the whole situation, showing us who is involved in and affected by the conflict (the actors) and which approaches to peace-building are most appropriate for each group of actors involved. The 'Pyramid of Actors' can be treated as a simple tool which can yield a good overview but is also complex enough to allow a more detailed analysis of various groups and their relations.

This self-learning course gives you a brief overview about the method and asks you to reflect about its application.

This self-learning course was developed by the Academy of Conflict Transformation based on the work of John Paul Lederach.

John Paul Lederach (1955) is an US American peace researcher, who has written widely on conflict resolution and mediation. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado. In 1994 he became the founding director for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

He has published several books – among them: Building Peace, (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 1997), in which he develops the “Pyramid of Actors”. Here you can read a summary of this book.

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