Building Peace


The lessons learned from centuries of strife, indicate that building and sustaining peace is an ongoing process, demanding participation from diverse actors at all levels of society. Through the Building Peace programme we work to promote inclusive, coherent and sustainable strategies for peacebuilding in countries that are at risk of violent conflict. We aim to contribute to more resilient and stable states and societies.

We engage with diverse stakeholders including multilateral institutions, civil society organisations, bilateral donors and academics in seminars, workshops and bilateral discussions. Country case studies implemented in partnership with local civil society actors also contribute new perspectives and strategies that influence policy recommendations for strengthening the uptake of local voices in peacebuilding processes.

The Foundation also promotes understanding and supports implementation of the recommendations coming out of the 2015 UN peace and security reviews and the Sustaining Peace resolutions passed in the Security Council and the General Assembly in April 2016. In response to identified needs and requests from UN partners, we act as a convener of meetings and as a platform for consultations. These consultations bring together Member States, key actors in the UN, and international, regional and local civil society on key themes that need attention for realising sustainable peace globally, including engagement of civil society, inclusive dialogue and adequate, predictable financing for peacebuilding.

Through this effort we hope to improve the UN’s effectiveness in supporting peace and security and push towards an integrated, comprehensive and long-term approach that will also be crucial in enabling the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.


Updates

News

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation

This new training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace....

Blog

Peacebuilding integral to humanitarian aid in Yemen

Sawsan Al Refai argues in this blog that peacebuilding should be seen as integral, not supplementary to humanitarian action in Yemen.

Blog

Is youth engagement in peacebuilding really just a click away?

Sarah Smith makes the point that peacebuilding is not only about campaigning online - but also about sustainable projects on the ground.

Blog

Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy: what does it mean for Africa?

If Hammarskjöld’s vision for Africa is to be realised, greater focus is needed on conflict prevention and governance.

News

Sustaining Peace in Africa – Regional Reflections

On the eve of commemorations marking 55 years since Hammarskjöld’s untimely death, the Foundation hosted a couple of seminars in Zambia on peacebuilding.

Publication

Strengthening Youth Engagement in Post-Jasmine Revolution Tunisia

In this paper Amal Bourhrous and Sarah Smith identify challenges that restrain youth engagement in peace processes and strategies to overcome these obstacles.