The issue opens with an interview with the Indian development expert Dr. Kshemendra Kumar Upadhyay, who reflects on the cast system's implications for the Indian society. Elisabeth Mikkelsen's article reports a case study of how 'sensemakings' about conflicts change as they are enacted from the perspective of staff and management in a non-profit organization that participated in conflict management training. In continuation, Bhimsen Devkota and Edwin van Teijlingen present a study that explores the motivating factors of individuals who joined Maoists as health workers in Nepal. The article provides policy-relevant conclusions on how to promote sustainable peace and improve health care services in communities affected by the conflict. In a similar vein, Adam Baird delves into the micro-foundations of peaceful society in his piece "Negotiating Pathways to Manhood ". He uses original empirical data collected in Medellín, Colombia, and a conceptual focus on masculinities to understand why some male youths negotiated a pathway to manhood without joining violent urban gangs.
"Rethinking Development from a Post-colonial Perspective" is the title of Sidi M. Omar's article in which he to proffers critical thoughts on development practice and discourse from the standpoint of post-colonial studies. Abosede Omowumi Babatunde offers an analytical evaluation of the conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta and concludes that an integrated bottom-up participatory process that secures the quality of life of the people and that protects the environment is the path to sustainable peace and development in the Niger Delta.
The PIONEER article is this time dedicated to the Bradford model and outlines the contribution made by the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford to the field of international peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The PROFILE section presents the work of the Enough Project, which fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity. The issue's book review section reviews Audra Mitchell's 2011 publication Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland.