Linking Peacebuilders: Key Network Organizations in the Field

Dear Colleagues

As the conflict resolution and peacebuilding field has grown an increasing number of organizations and associations have been formed to help share information, exchange best practice, work on conflict advocacy, etc. Some organizations are more practitioner focused and concentrate more on organizations, while others are more for individuals and possibly more academic and research focused (and a number combine both approaches).

What I would like to start is a listing of some of the key network organizations in the field around the world and then ask you to help add to the list. I do not want to list individual organizations or institutions, only those that provide a networking, coordination or information sharing function. Some of these networks may only be open to select members, but most are open (although some charge a membership fee).

NETWORK ORGANIZATIONS (MORE ORGANIZATION FOCUSED)

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a coalition of diverse organizations working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Members of AfP are directly engaged in applied conflict prevention and
resolution. They provide negotiation and mediation services, train negotiators, facilitate communication to break down barriers, and help find solutions to the issues and pressures that otherwise drive groups and nations to achieve their objectives through violent force. Members also conduct research and provide evaluation and education. The role of AfP is to bring these organizations together for collaborative peacebuilding.

British Overseas NGOs for Development is the United Kingdom's broadest network of voluntary organisations working in international development. BOND aims to improve the UK's contribution to international development by promoting the exchange of experience, ideas and information amongst BOND members between networks of NGOs in the UK and internationally, with the UK Government, and between BOND members and other UK bodies with an interest in international development.

CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.

Environmental Peacebuilding is a knowledge platform and global community of practice focusing on the linkages between natural resources, conflict, and peace, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) , the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), McGill University, and the University of Tokyo. The platform unites a global network of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in conflict-affected settings, accessing new research on the topic, and participating in events to support the growth of the field. The community of practice provides a forum for discussion and disseminates regular updates on new developments relating to natural resources and environmental peacebuilding, including new publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities. In addition, this collaborative platform provides free access to the scholarship and insights of hundreds of researchers and practitioners around the world, including teaching and training materials as well as 150 case studies and other analyses examining experiences from 60 conflict-affected countries and territories.

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office - EPLO is the platform of European NGOs, networks of NGOs and think tanks active in the field of peacebuilding, who share an interest in promoting sustainable peacebuilding policies among decision-makers in the European Union. EPLO aims to influence the EU so it promotes and implements measures that lead to sustainable peace between states and within states and peoples, and that transform and resolve conflicts non-violently. EPLO wants the EU to recognise the crucial connection between peacebuilding, the eradication of poverty, and sustainable development world wide and the crucial role NGOs have to play in sustainable EU efforts for peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and crisis management.

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
- The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a world-wide civil society-led network aiming to build a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. GPPAC works on strengthening civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action and effective engagement with governments, the UN system and regional organizations.


INTERACTION - InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction’s more than 165 members work in every developing country. Members meet people halfway in expanding opportunities and supporting gender equality in education, health care, agriculture, small business, and other areas.

 

The International Network For Peace - Formed in 2006, we are a global network of organizations comprised of people who lost loved ones to, or were directly affected by war, nuclear weapons, terrorism, genocide, organized crime, and political violence. We work together to break the cycles of violence and revenge, and are committed to honoring the memories of the victims and to the dignity of the survivors. Our task is to turn our grief and loss into action for peace.

MePeace.org is a network for peace with thousands of peacemakers and millions of page visits on mepeace.org focused on the Middle East, in particular Israel and Palestine.

MenEngage is a global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that seeks to engage boys and men to achieve gender equality. International Steering Committee Members include Sonke Gender Justice Network (co-chair),Promundo (co-chair), EngenderHealth, Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Center for Research on Women , International Planned Parenthood Federation, Men’s Resources International (United States), Salud y Genero (Mexico), Save the Children-Sweden, Sahoyog, White Ribbon Campaign, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNIFEM. the Alliance came together in 2004 with the general goal of working in partnership to promote the engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality, promoting health and reducing violence at the global level, including questioning the structural barriers to achieving gender equality.


The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of young people and youth organisations active in the field of peacebuilding. Our main areas of action are networking, training, empowerment for action/support to youth projects, campaigning and advocacy, and practical research on the role of youth in peacebuilding. UNOY Peacebuilders is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental organisation that welcomes youth peace initiatives/ organisations and young peacebuilders regardless of gender, ethnicity, social class, religion, or any other distinction. The vision of UNOY Peacebuilders is Youth committed to building together a world in which peace, justice, solidarity, human dignity and respect for
nature prevail and the mission statement is to link up young people’s initiatives for peace in a global network of young peacebuilders, to help empower their capacities and to help increase the effectiveness of their actions.

West African Network for Peacebuilding
- Goal is to enable and facilitate the development of mechanisms for cooperation among civil society based peacebuilding practitioners and organizations in West Africa by promoting cooperative responses to violent conflicts; providing the structure through which these practitioners and institutions will regularly exchange experience and information on issues of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, social, religious and political reconciliation; and promoting West Africa’s social culturalvalues as resources for peacebuilding.

The Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Developmentstarted in 2005 and is a collectively guided independent and registered non-profit umbrella organization in the South Africa. The Networks’ vision is  Peaceful, Empowered, Cohesive Communities.  It has 39 NGO  member organizations, and also uses sport as a tool for development and peace. With  its Kicking for Peace initiative it won the international Beyond Sport for Conflict Resolution award in 2010.  The Western Cape Network also linked with the One World Network and through them with  their 129 NGOs in Germany .

The Working Group on Development and Peace (FriEnt) is an association of nine German governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field of development cooperation and peace building. To do this the group does the following, serve as an information and knowledge gateway, a platform for networking and a resource for advisory services and capacity building.



ACADEMIC/PRACTITIONER ORGANIZATIONS (MORE INDIVIDUAL FOCUSED)

Association for Conflict Resolution - is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. They sponsor an annual conference that is held in the US. While the bulk of their membership is US based, there are some international members.

Catholic Peacebuilding Network - is a voluntary network of practitioners, academics, clergy, and laity from around the world that seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding, especially at the local level. The CPN aims to deepen bonds of solidarity among Catholic peacebuilders, share and analyze "best practices," expand the peacebuilding capacity of the Church in areas of conflict, and encourage the further development of a theology of a just peace. While it is a Catholic network, the CPN believes that authentic and effective Catholic peacebuilding involves dialogue and collaboration with those of other religious traditions and all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world.

Peace and Justice Studies Association - We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. The membership is primarily US based. They maintain a listserv, newsletter, annual
conference and more.

The International Association for Conflict Management - was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings. They have an
annual conference, publications, etc.

International Peace Research Association - Since 1964 IPRA has been pursuing interdisciplinary research into the most pressing issues related to sustainable peace around the world today. As a network of scholars, practitioners and decision-makers from all continents, we strive to stay at the cutting edge of the state of the art of peace. Has a bi-annual conference, networking opportunities, and more.

Salam Institute (and the Muslim Peacebuilding Network) - The Salam Institute is a nonprofit organization for research, education, and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, and development with a focus on bridging differences between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The Salam Institute was founded by a group of academics and practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, peace studies, Islamic and cultural studies, and international development.

Transcend - A Peace and Development Network for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means. Transcend - A Network for Peace and Development has as mission to bring about a more peaceful world, using action, training,
dissemination and research to handle conflicts with non-violence, empathy and creativity, for acceptable and sustainable outcomes. Transcend International is a peace and development network for conflict transformation by peaceful means. It was founded in 1993 by Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung and comprises today over 300 invited academics and practitioners in the field of peace-building from 80 different countries.

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Comment by Pator Ade Bodund on January 3, 2014 at 5:41am
Civil Society Initiative Against Ilicit and Addictive Drugs (CSIAIAD) is a network to promote research and advocacy on the impact of drug abuse and addiction on families and communities, members also carry out counselling and rehabilitation support. Drugs play a vital role in sustaining violent conflicts and peace practitioners would do well to fator this into sustainable peace
Comment by Environmental Law Institute on January 2, 2014 at 2:34pm

Environmental Peacebuilding (www.environmentalpeacebuilding.org) is a knowledge platform and global community of practice focusing on the linkages between natural resources, conflict, and peace, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) , the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), McGill University, and the University of Tokyo.  The platform unites a global network of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in conflict-affected settings, accessing new research on the topic, and participating in events to support the growth of the field. The community of practice provides a forum for discussion and disseminates regular updates on new developments relating to natural resources and environmental peacebuilding, including new publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities. In addition, this collaborative platform provides free access to the scholarship and insights of hundreds of researchers and practitioners around the world, including teaching and training materials as well as 150 case studies and other analyses examining experiences from 60 conflict-affected countries and territories.

Comment by Craig Zelizer on December 30, 2013 at 2:03pm

Thanks for the additional suggestions. Please keep them coming

Comment by Alliance for Peacebuilding on December 30, 2013 at 1:30pm

There are a number of alliance organizations within the Alliance for Peacebuilding's own membership: Alliance for Middle East Peace, The Shift Network, The Peace Alliance, Women in International Security

Comment by Pator Ade Bodund on December 28, 2013 at 9:27pm
I would like to introduce a naional a national network in Nigeria for inclution in your list: Innovative Initiative for Community Peace Building is a network of NGOis that has been meeting since 2009 to address the various conflict situations and challenges in Nigeria. Members include NGOs involved in reserch, training, conflict transformation through peacefull means, gender mainstreaming, mediation, trauma counselling and poverty alleviation. The board of trustees include individuls and representatives of UNDP and Institute for Peaxe and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). Post by Pastor Ade Bodunde
Comment by Cécile Barbeito Thonon on March 25, 2013 at 11:36am

Hi everyone

Thanks for the resource. Very useful indeed. I would like to add a network extremely relevant to me:

International War Resisters: War Resisters' International was founded in 1921 under the name "Paco". It was and is based on the WRI declaration:

War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war

War Resisters' International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. On this basis, WRI works for a world without war.

Its most relevant actions include:

Nonviolence Programme

The Nonviolence Programme is one of the two main programme areas for the WRI office and network, and encompasses two projects: the global initiative against war profiteers and the nonviolence resources project. A full description of the project is available on this site in English, German, and Spanish.

The right to refuse to kill

WRI's project "The right to refuse to kill" aims to work on three levels:

  • Political campaigning and support for conscientious objectors' movements and COs facing repression or imprisonment, including organising and sending delegations, visiting imprisoned COs, solidarity campaigns, lobbying the international human rights system, etc. The international email list <co-alert> is a powerful tool to organise support for conscientious objectors.
  • Support for asylum seekers and their lawyers, in cases of draft evasion, desertion, conscientious objection and other cases related to military service.
  • Research and documentation of material related to conscientious objection and military recruitment - the CONCODOC project.

http://www.wri-irg.org/

I also miss in the list some gender-centered peace networks. Could anyone add some of the most relevant ones?

Comment by Karen Volker on March 20, 2013 at 2:08pm

Hi Craig - great initiative.  Have you considered including the Men Engage Alliance?  Here's a summary of who they are from their website.  I'll keep thinking of other groups to add.  Really appreciate this.

MenEngage is a global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that seeks to engage boys and men to achieve gender equality. International Steering Committee Members include Sonke Gender Justice Network (co-chair),Promundo (co-chair), EngenderHealth, Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Center for Research on Women , International Planned Parenthood Federation, Men’s Resources International (United States), Salud y Genero (Mexico), Save the Children-Sweden, Sahoyog, White Ribbon Campaign, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNIFEM.

At the national level, members include more than 400 NGOs from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Asia and Europe. The Alliance came together in 2004 with the general goal of working in partnership to promote the engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality, promoting health and reducing violence at the global level, including questioning the structural barriers to achieving gender equality.

Comment by Professor Brian Walker on June 23, 2012 at 12:52pm

Religions for Peace - is the largest international coalition of
representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting
peace.

Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common
humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some
of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships
to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting
the earth.

Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil
institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race,
class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural
understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed
most.

Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace enables these
communities to unleash their enormous potential for common action. Some of
Religions for Peace’s recent successes include building a new climate
of reconciliation in Iraq; mediating dialogue among warring factions in Sierra
Leone; organizing an international network of religious women’s organizations;
and establishing an extraordinary program to assist the millions of children
affected by Africa’s AIDS pandemic, the Hope for African Children
Initiative. Find out more at www.religionsforpeace.org or contact me via LinkedIn.

 

Comment by Terry Greene on May 15, 2011 at 10:57pm
Comment by Maji Hailemariam Debena on April 12, 2011 at 4:12am
This is very useful!

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