They are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with 30 years’ experience. They believe peace is possible where people can live in safety, have fair and effective laws, participate in shaping political decisions, make a decent living and improve their wellbeing.
Their vision is for a world where people resolve their differences peacefully. A world where, when people seek better lives for their families and communities, they are able to manage any conflicts that may arise with honesty and wisdom, without resorting to violence.
Their three-part mission is to build a more peaceful world by:
1. Working with people directly affected by conflict to find peaceful solutions.
2. Shaping policies and practices to support peace.
3. Collaborating with all those striving for peace to strengthen their collective voice and impact.
Objectives and approach
They work in over 25 countries and territories around the world where they support local people to build peace, and they advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.
They focus on solving the root causes of conflict with people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, they all come together to build everyday peace, from the ground up. This includes governance, economics, gender relations, social development, climate change, and the role of businesses and international organisations in high-risk places.
They work in Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, the South Caucasus, and other parts of Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa, with 18 offices around the world.
They work with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. They empower local people to build peace by providing them with training, advice and support. They bring together communities divided by conflict to find ways to resolve their differences without violence. They also advise companies, governments and international organisations on how their policies and operations can better support peace.
To do this effectively, they research the root causes of conflict around the world and address key issues that affect lasting peace and stability in high-risk places.
Their five-year strategy for 2015–2019 sets out their programming pathways, as follows:
1. Improve inter- and intra-community relations by increasing collaboration and cohesion within and between targeted communities.
2. Improve citizen–state relations by improving collaboration and mutual empowerment between the governed and those who govern them so that government policy and practice begin to reflect and respond to the expressed needs of citizens.
3. Improve gender relations for peace by ensuring community governance mechanisms, conflict/violence prevention measures, and peace processes are more gender equitable and inclusive with greater ability for all to participate.
4. Reduce the impact of crime on instability and violence by working with civil society and government initiatives and international aid programmes to ensure they are designed based on a deeper understanding of peacebuilding approaches and the links between crime, violence and conflict.
5. Manage natural resources for peace and address conflicts caused by climate change by ensuring natural resources and climate change are managed in more inclusive and conflict-sensitive ways.
6. Ensure economic development supports peace by ensuring economic development programmes and economic activities integrate peacebuilding.
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