Too often people look at the causes of conflict without looking at the reasons for peace. But conflict occurs in all societies and is not always negative. It can bring about change and progress. We therefore want to understand how conflict can be managed peacefully.
To do this, we developed the Peace Audit, which goes beyond just looking at the risks and drivers of conflict and looks at the possibilities for peace as well – the strengths in a society that make peace possible. The Peace Audit stems from a dedicated conviction that to move beyond violence, we must embrace opportunities for peaceful change.
Our first Peace Audit looked at opportunities for peace in Kenya, and was accompanied by the photo exhibition 'Peace blooms: Cattle, conflict and the roses of Lake Naivasha'. View an online version of Peace Blooms here, and read the coverage on the exhibition by the Financial Times and The Independent.