swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It carries out research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation. The institute aims to build the peacebuilding capacities of Swiss and international organizations by providing trainings, space for networking and exchange of experiences. It also shapes political and academic discourse on peace policy issues at the national and international level through publications, workshops and conferences. swisspeace, therefore, promotes knowledge transfer between researchers and practitioners.
swisspeace was founded in 1988 as the Swiss Peace Foundation in order to promote independent peace research in Switzerland. Today, the foundation employs about 50 staff members. Its most important donors are the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the United Nations and since 2015 Swisslos Basel.
swisspeace is an associated institute of the University of Basel, member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research - swisspeace links theory with practice and develops research expertise useful to peacebuilding actors. It has partnerships with scholars and institutes in Africa, Asia and Central America.
Consultancies - swisspeace helps clients to develop and implement peacebuilding projects. This includes concept and strategy development, process support, conflict analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Training - swisspeace offers annual courses on specific aspects of civil peacebuilding, as well as ad hoc tailor-made trainings. Staff members teach modules of postgraduate courses and social science study programs, and train doctoral candidates.
Events - swisspeace initiates reflection and learning processes, and shapes academic and political discourse on peace policy issues through conferences, roundtables and workshops.
Dealing with the Past - Finding a way to deal with a violent past – including human rights violations - after a civil war, authoritarian regime or occupation is often argued to be the basis for sustainable peace, democracy and rule of law. swisspeace puts a spotlight on the potentials and challenges of these processes.
Mediation - Third parties play an important role in facilitating dialog between opposing sides in an armed conflict, helping them to identify ways to achieve a sustainable, peaceful coexistence. swisspeace accompanies and advises mediators in peace processes and provides training in mediation techniques and skills.
Peacebuilding Analysis & Impact - Peacebuilding interventions are effective when they are thoroughly adapted to the specific conflict context and avoid unintentional negative side effects. swisspeace helps organizations to develop conflict-sensitive, effective country strategies.
Statehood & Conflict - Conflicts are part and parcel of any statebuilding process. swisspeace conducts research on state practices in conflict contexts with a view to understanding how new forms of statehood emerge as a result of negotiation processes between local, national and international actors.
Further Topics - swisspeace also works on topical issues, on a short- or long-term basis, in the fields of Business & Peace and Gender & Peacebuilding.See more