The deep wounds left by conflict remain long after the violence has ended. Trauma and fear shape who we are and are passed down through generations.
That is why we collaborate with people from across divides to solve the root causes of conflict, and support people and institutions to better anticipate and manage conflict without violence.
Together with local communities, partners, businesses and policy-makers, we turn our in-depth research and analysis into practical solutions that make a difference on the ground.
We help improve relationships within and between communities, and between citizens and their governments, and contribute to more effective and transparent management of vital natural resources.
Below, you can find out more about some of our peacebuilding in action.
Healing hidden wounds in Ukraine
The Ukrainian conflict is leaving deep scars in society. Around 10,000 people have been killed, including 3,000 civilians, and over 1.7 million have been displaced.
While the physical damage inflicted is plain to see, the psychological trauma is often hidden and forgotten. Over 30% of those displaced by the violence suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Many more suffer from depression and anxiety. Children have been especially traumatised.
To address this issue, we helped set up support centres and organised ‘peace education’ summer camps to provide psychological and social support.
Rebuilding fractured lives in Rwanda
In 1994, over one million people were killed in 100 days in Rwanda. Many more tortured, attacked or forced to hide and flee.
Now, survivors and perpetrators live alongside each other, but frustration, shame and trauma leave families and communities divided and lives ruined.
These stories and photos explore how our trauma counselling and dialogue clubs have helped some Rwandans progress on the long and challenging path towards rebuilding their lives.
Managing fragile resources in Myanmar
In Myanmar, forests contribute to the livelihoods of around 80% of the population.
Despite their close relationship to the local environment, communities have historically been marginalised from decision-making about land and natural resources, further fuelling their political, economic and social grievances against the central government.
To reduce the risk of conflict, we have been advising communities and officials on how to manage forests in a way that supports long-term peace and stability.
In 2017, we ran projects in 19 countries and territories, with training, research or one-off consultancies in a further 26. In total, we implemented 106 projects and consultancies.Read more
We regularly ask community members, local partners, company representatives and government officials we work with about what worked best and what we can do better.Read more