Guide to CR and Peace Membership Organizations

Membership Based Organizations in the Field of Conflict Resolution

Membership-Based Organizations are another great way to meet people who share your interests and expand your network. The specific benefits of joining can vary greatly, from receiving professional newsletters and journals, to receiving special rates and invitations to events and conferences. However, the greatest advantage to be had by joining one of these organizations is connecting with colleagues in person. As much as technology has improved our ability to reach out, it still cannot replace face-to-face interaction. If you are interested in linking up with peers in your local geographic vicinity, membership-based organizations are great way to do it.

Many membership-based organizations also provide institutional membership options. Becoming an institutional member often
carries with it a variety of benefits, but in general is designed to raise the class institution’s profile.

In this guide you will find a number of well-known membership-based organization, a brief description of their activities and membership benefits and a link to their website. Membership fees are based on individual member dues. The guide only includes a handful of organizations, so as always if you have suggestions, please feel free to make them!


Alliance for Peacebuilding

Alliance for Peacebuilding aims to build sustainable peace and security worldwide by 1) initiating, developing and supporting collaborative action among governmental, nongovernmental, and intergovernmental organizations to prevent and resolve destructive conflicts 2) building understanding of and support for peacebuilding policies and programs among leaders in government, business, media, philanthropy, religion, and other sectors of civil society and 3) increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field by developing networks, disseminating best practices, and enhancing organizational capacities and professional skills.

Membership: $15.00 – 75.00

-Establish and build relationships among peer organizations and practitioners
-Share your story and the lessons you have learned with colleagues
-Discuss and debate information and ideas
-Learn about new reports, research, models, and opportunities
-Participate in collaborative initiatives for more effective peacebuilding
-Have your voice heard by the US government

Association for Conflict Resolution

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) has chapter in approximately twenty states. ACR embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict resolution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR aims to make people aware of their choices for conflict resolution and give voice to those people and their choices for quality conflict resolution.

Membership: $35.00 – 205.00

-ACR annual conference which typically gathers over 1,000 individuals in the conflict resolution and peace building field; offers more than 150 workshops.
-Regional chapters enable members to meet and share ideas with colleagues in their community
-Professional interest sections allow members to join with colleagues with similar interests. Members of ACR Sections enjoy a wide array of programs, as well as opportunities for volunteer leadership within ACR

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) is a British organization that is committed to cutting the cost of conflict and creating a world of choice in conflict prevention and resolution. They are supported by members including multinational organizations, international law firms and professional and governmental bodies. According to their website they have been instrumental in bringing mediation into business practice and into the judicial system in England and Wales.

Membership: £ 50.00 – 150.00
-Monthly e-bulletins
-Quarterly newsletter – Resolutions
-Quarterly Exchange forums
-Opportunity to act as an Assistant Mediator at a CEDR mediation
-Inclusion in the CEDR Exchange participants listing within a password protected area of the CEDR website.
-Discounts on CEDR events and advanced training for mediators
-Priority booking on other CEDR-arranged seminars

International Peace Research Association

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) pursues interdisciplinary research on the most pressing issues related to sustainable peace around the world. 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. IPRA is about building communities of inquiry. The association houses five geographically
distributed regional chapters.

Membership: €40.00 - 1,000.00

-Subscription to the International Journal of Peace Studies,
-Voting rights and decision taking (for the IPRA Council, Secretary Genral and other issues) at the -General Assembly during the 
biennial event - IPRA International Conference
-Subscription to IPRA members e-group

LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers

LEADR is an Australasian, not-for-profit membership organization formed to serve the community by promoting and facilitating the use of dispute resolution processes. LEADR accredits mediators and also refers mediators for commercial, employment, family and community/neighborhood disputes. LEADR provides training in a range of dispute resolution areas including mediation from basic skills through to advanced workshops and continuing professional development. These courses are available as public workshops or as in-house customized programs. LEADR has members throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, and Japan.

Membership: $40.00 – 445.00 (Australian Dollar)

-Receive a monthly e-newsletter, which includes news, changes and opportunities in the ADR field
-Access to low cost professional indemnity and public liability insurance
-Have access to the members-only area for podcasts and articles on ADR
-Receive invitations to professional development opportunities and other ADR events
-Be offered CPD and skill development opportunities as a role player in video assessments
-Opportunities to network with dispute resolution practitioners and others who are actively involved or interested in ADR
-Use of post nominals
-Discounts on professional development programs and trainings conference and seminars
-Discounts on some other courses, seminars and events as negotiated by LEADR
-Discounts on books and LEADR publications
-Access to specialist information and library resources
-Representation of views on significant ADR issues

Peace and Justice Studies Association

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the
Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership
in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. PJSA is 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

Membership: $80.00 - 1,500.00

-The Peace Chronicle newsletter
-Peace & Change: Journal of Peace Research
-Member-only listserv and membership directory
-Annual conference
-Job referrals, internship placement, and career development advice for people of all backgrounds -Consultations on research and teaching projects
-Discounts on publications, annual conferences, mailing lists, and advertising space

International Development

Organization Development Network

The Organization Development (OD) Network is an international, professional association whose members are committed to practicing organization development as an applied behavioral science. The OD Network is committed to advancing the theory and practice of organization development by cultivating and serving those who aspire to effective, successful OD practice, and by representing the field of OD by promoting more visibility, credibility, and influence for its members. They offer an integrated portfolio of targeted resources, professional and community development experiences, and networking opportunities for our members, who come from all 50 states of the USA, Canada, Mexico, and around the world.

Membership: $100.00 – 200.00

-Searchable online OD Network member directory
-Free OD Job Exchange account for job seekers
-Listing of regional OD networks
-Free subscriptions to OD Practitioner and two online journals
-Reduced registration for OD Network conferences
-Online toolkits
-OD Job Exchange
-Discounts on liability insurance, books, courses, and more
-Education Directory

Society for International Development

The Society for International Development (SID) is a global network of individuals and institutions concerned with development, which is participative, pluralistic and sustainable. SID has over 3000 members in 80 countries and 45 local chapters. It works with more than 100 associations, networks and institutions involving academia, parliamentarians, students, political leaders and development experts, both at local and international level. This makes SID one of the few organizations that has a holistic, multidisciplinary and multisectorial approach to development and social change.

Membership: $35.00 – 75.00

-Free subscription to the current volume of Development, the journal of SID; as well as access to the complete electronic archive of back issues
-Monthly newsletter with regular updates on SID’s main events and activities, including news from local SID Chapters and SID Institutional Members worldwide.
-Selected publications from SID.
-Directory of SID Chapters, Governing Council members and Officers and secretariat officers

Institution Only Membership Organizations

International Volunteer Program Association

The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. IVPA is an association of volunteer sending organizations but does not organize or run its own volunteer programs. IVPA promotes awareness and access to valuable volunteer programs abroad. IVPA can serve as a guide to anyone considering volunteering abroad or developing international service opportunities. This includes but is not limited to prospective volunteers, newly created volunteer sending organizations, corporations, and colleges and universities.


-One member of your organization will have voting privileges to determining association governance and activities.
-Your logo on the "IVPA Members" page with a direct link to your website.
-Subscription on the INTVOL list serve for your entire staff
-Special IVPA logo identification on the website
-A set of principles and practices, which are affirmed by all IVPA members, designed to promote best practices in the field of international volunteerism.
-Eligibility for you and your staff to Network with other IVPA members in issues relevant to the association and the field such as marketing, insurance, fundraising, etc.


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Comment by Sigma Chang on April 12, 2010 at 4:41am
Thanks for the tips!
Comment by Craig Zelizer on April 11, 2010 at 10:20pm
Thanks, we can ask sigma to update the list as this is just an initial start. Agree both ipra and pjsa should be included
Comment by Tom H. Hastings on April 11, 2010 at 9:59pm
helpful and PJSA, no IPRA?

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