Stage 2 confidence building measures with a local

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Stage 2: Confidence building measures with a local focus With an understanding on basic relief needs accomplished, POV partici- pants began lO question what further cypes of confidence-buildiJJg mea~- ures they could explore towards the goal of restoring some normalc)' to
210 S.A. Na.n and]L. Greiff life, regardless of the political situation. Discussions formed around issues of drinking water, irrigation water, gas, health care, journalists' coopera- tion. and many other important issues effecting daily life. Through coop- eration and trust built during the workshop process, many (but not all) of these issues were addressed in ways that synergized efforts across the con- flict divide. The POV workshops came to be a forum where those inter- est. ed in carrying out confidence building measures would come to test out their ideas, make sure the y were not duplicating ongoing initiatives, and seek out willing partJ'lers for implementation. T he workshop agendas included time to meet in small groups on specific developing in itiatives. Individuals affiliated with international governmental organizations began to attend some of the Poi nt of View meetings, allowing the international community approaches to the region to be considered at the workshops. One internationa l who participated was an advisor to an international mediator, thus, the portion of the workshops focused on international approaches became known as "advice to the advisors." The presence of internationals proved useful in highlighting potential avenues for pursu- ing funding for promising new confidence building initiatives developed at the workshops. and also paved the way for developing more of a global- level impact from rhe Point of View wor -kshops. Stage 3: L inking local and global As the work toWa1·ds confidence building measUJ·es in local settings grew and flourished, POV workshops began to raise the idea of expanding this cooperation to a larger scale. At successive meetings, Point of View work- shops focused on one or two potential areas of broader impact. For example, health care be c ame a focus at. one meeting. Journalists' coopera- tion for increased cross-conflict understanding became a focus at another meeting. Health care professionals, journalists, researchers and analysts from both sides weTe invited to come and discuss possibilities for pre- pru;ng appropriate responses to, for example, a region-wide health epi- demic, or a major regional natural catastrophe. Existing cooperation on specific local level areas lent a sense of possibility to these discussions" Stage 4: Taking ownersh' ip Currently, the POV process continues to convene three workshops per yeat·, with a momentum towards building an eventual fourth stage in which outside conveners would no longer be necessary, and participants would be able to take ownership of the process entire ly. Georgian and South Osseti.an long-term participants have begun taking on more and more facilitation responsibility. The full tra nsfer of convening responsib- ility to Georgians and South Ossetians may still be several years off, as, until such time as increased freedom of movement is available to connect

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