About us

 

 

Our Mission

We believe that local people have the power to find their own solutions to conflict. Our mission is to work with local communities to stop violence and build sustainable peace.

 

Our Values

We believe in:

  • Non-violence: Conflict is a normal part of life. Violence is not. We believe that non-violent action is not only the morally right thing to do; it is also highly cost effective, scalable and strengthens the prospects for long term peace.
  • Local action: We believe that local people are central to the resolution of their own conflicts. Peace is rarely sustainable if it is imposed on people from the outside.
  • Partnership and respect: The relationships we build with organisations around the world are based on the principles of equality and respect. We see ourselves as an extension of their organisations and have more to learn from them, than they do from us.

Our Approach

The world’s current approach to preventing and resolving conflicts is not working, and violent conflict continues to touch and destroy lives from Paris to Peshawar. 50% of wars restart within ten years of a peace treaty being signed. Our work has never been more urgent.

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Doing things differently

We do not establish country offices or employ expatriate staff. We believe that the current structure of the aid system is flawed, and that peace is not sustainable if imposed from the outside. We don’t arrive in conflict zones, or leave them — instead we find creative ways to support local organisations to implement their own work, helping them to tackle the root causes of conflict—like prejudice, fear, and poverty.

Locally owned, non-violent action is cost effective, scalable and strengthens the prospects for long-term peace.

By partnering with local organisations in areas of conflict, we help to support already-impactful peacebuilding projects and work to stop war and save lives.

Local people have been sidelined in efforts to stop war and build peace.

We want to shift the balance of power and resources towards those who have the deep local knowledge of a conflict, and the long term commitment to fight for peace.

 

Our Impact

We believe that when local efforts to build peace are acknowledged and supported, the world will be a more peaceful place. Here’s the progress we’ve made since 2004:

  • peacebuilding work with 16 local partners
  • supporting action to resolve conflict locally in 12 countries
  • SEE OUR LIVE PROJECTS
Read our 2017 Impact Report for more.

 

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