Alliance for Peacebuilding

  • Our Mission: To build sustainable peace and security worldwide;
  • Our Goals: Initiate, develop and support collaborative action among governmental, nongovernmental, and intergovernmental organizations to prevent and resolve destructive conflicts … (full text Mission, Goals).

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What is peacebuilding: Our Definition: “Peacebuilding is the set of initiatives by diverse actors in government and civil society to address the root causes of violence and protect civilians before, during, and after violent conflict.  

Peacebuilders use communication, negotiation, and mediation instead of belligerence and violence to resolve conflicts. Effective peacebuilding is multi-faceted and adapted to each conflict environment. There is no one path to peace, but pathways are available in every conflict environment. Peacebuilders help belligerents find a path that will enable them to resolve their differences without bloodshed.  The ultimate objective of peacebuilding is to reduce and eliminate the frequency and severity of violent conflict.” –Chic Dambach, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding … (full text What is peacebuilding).

History

A Commitment to Collaboration:

  • The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) began in 1999 as an informal network of applied conflict prevention and resolution organizations. It was known first as ACRON (Applied Conflict Resolution Organization Network) and later as the AICPR (Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution). The impetus for the organization was a recognition that the field of international conflict resolution was too competitive, atomized, and ineffectively organized to support collaborative work in various regions of the world. The founders of ACRON believed that a strong umbrella organization could help to support collaborative and, thus, more effective peacebuilding, as well as provide a strong voice for the field and help members share information and approaches.
  • After four years of informal network development, and with a planning grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the organization was incorporated in 2003 as the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution. It received additional funding from the Hewlett Foundation, enabling it to hire staff, open an office in Washington, DC, and develop programs.

A Refined Vision and Expansion:

  • The Alliance for Peacebuilding adopted its new name, mission and goals in 2006 to place greater emphasis on the concept of collaborative action to prevent and mitigate violent conflicts. Previously, membership in the organization had been limited to US-based organizations, although organizations abroad were welcome as affiliates. AfP changed its policy in 2005 to allow qualified organizations to join regardless of their geographic base.
  • AfP plays a leadership role in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding, including collaboration between conflict resolution organizations and organizations in the fields of development, relief, human rights and security. AfP also sponsors annual meetings for its members to share information and ideas and to learn from the experiences of colleagues and other experts. In addition, AfP helps to sponsor regular forums in Washington, DC; Boston, MA; and Boulder, CO.

Programs and Partners: … (full text History).

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