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.
Activities last year
335 dialogue meetings, supporting 27,301 people
263 trainings, capacity-building and mentoring, supporting 20,232 people
116 advocacy and outreach, supporting 206,348 people
109 other activities, supporting 22,420 people
Results last year
41% of our results changed knowledge and attitudes
41% of our results changed behaviour and processes
18% of our results changed conditions (e.g. policies, structures, etc.)
Highlights last year
Supporting female journalists in Afghanistan
The last few years have been some of the deadliest for journalists in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. They are subject to constant violence and threats, especially women.
This is in addition to the already high social and cultural barriers to women’s participation in journalism, and the continued harassment and discrimination they face in the workplace that so hinders their careers.
Since 2018, we have been supporting 24 recent graduate and early career female journalists with a comprehensive training, mentorship and work placement scheme.
Increasing dialogue on religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan
Since its independence in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan has witnessed a revival of religious groups and denominations.
This has unfortunately been accompanied by increased polarisation and politicisation of religious issues and a rise in radical and extremist movements.
Since 2017, we have been supporting an initiative to open public debate on the role of religion and democracy in the country, so more people can constructively and peacefully challenge and resist extreme religious and secular narratives and policies that fuel suspicion, mistrust and conflict.
Strengthening security governance in Mali
Mali has suffered eight years of insecurity and violence due to fighting between secessionist and Islamist militant groups and the central government, during which inter-community conflicts have also worsened.
During this time, trust in the state has been hugely undermined by a combination of neglect and accusations of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, torture and arbitrary arrests.
Since 2016, we have been supporting an initiative to improve trust and strengthen accountability among communities, local authorities and the security and defence forces.
In 2019, we ran a total of 114 projects in 21 countries and territories, with training, research or one-off consultancies and business partnerships in a further 18.Read more
We regularly ask community members, local partners, companies and governments we work with about what worked best and what we can do better.Read more
We speak to those we have supported about their experiences of conflict and what effect peacebuilding has had on their lives and in their communities.Read more