The local turn and the framing of UNOCI’s mandated activities by the UN

Alexander Gilder

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This article engages specifically with the local turn in UN peace operations by looking at local engagement and empowerment in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. After the closure of a long-serving UN peace operation it is important to take stock of the activities pursued under the mandate and reflect on how the mission has contributed to peacekeeping practice. UN peace operations have increasingly undertaken peacebuilding activities at the local level with current literature emphasising the need to involve local actors in decision-making and reconciliation activities. In seeking to uncover how the UN understands the need to involve local actors, the mission activities of UNOCI are broken down into a number of themes looking at how the local are engaged, given agency and empowered, and also where the UN recognises specific vulnerabilities of persons. The article shows how the UN portrays its activities and where it has either expressly or impliedly sought to demonstrate a concern for the local in Côte d’Ivoire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-248
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of International Peacekeeping
Issue number3-4
Early online date10 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020


  • peacekeeping
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • local turn
  • vulnerability
  • local engagement
  • empowerment

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