Are you working to build peace in your community, in a fragile or conflict-affected country?
Has your work been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Would access to digital tools, online courses for digital peacebuilding, or a network of local peacebuilders help you continue, adapt or develop your working during this time of global restrictions and lockdown?
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, local people working to build peace in their communities have expressed a need for technological tools, and additional knowledge and resources to adapt their work to a global environment more connected by technology than ever before. In response, the “Shifting Power for Peace” collaboration is offering digital support to local peacebuilders to enable their local peacebuilding efforts to thrive, through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peacebuilders can collaborate online with a global network of people working for peace, access learning tools for digital peacebuilding and other resources, and apply for grants to purchase digital tools.
About Shift Power for Peace:
Shift Power for Peace is a collaboration between Conducive Space for Peace, Humanity United and Peace Direct. It was established with the shared goal of transforming the way local, national and international groups approach peacebuilding efforts, to focus on the agency and power of local people, working to build peace in their own contexts.
“A significant shift was already needed in how we approach peacebuilding and community building work. This crisis puts a previous lack of focus on resilience in the spotlight. We feel that there’s never been a more important time for the work we are doing.”
– A local peacebuilder’s message in our “COVID-19 and Local Peacebuilding” consultation in April 2020.
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