Civil actors are strengthened through political programmes, profit from research results and learn from the experience of others. The following overview introduces German and international programmes and organisations that promote the potential of civil society in peacebuilding, for example through:

  • Research and conceptual contributions to subjects such as conflict transformation, peacebuilding, civil society, Do No Harm (DNH), Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP), mediation, Civil Peace Service, human rights, ecology
  • trainings and provision of suitable training materials
  • provision of results of analyses for conflict analyses
  • strategy papers for policy advise
  • provision of resources for projects
  • implementation of peacebuilding projects
  • practice advise
  • qualified reports about best practice and lessons learned
  • networking offers.

Acadamy for Conflict Transformation

The Academy for Conflict Transformation in the Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) is dedicated to non-violent management of conflicts. It imparts realistic practical knowledge needed in civil conflict management and the Civil Peace Service, organises tailor-made training courses for work in conflict regions, promotes civil conflict management via publications, conferences and other events, conducts research relating to the transformation of violent conflicts, and advises political decision-makers.

  • CPS,
  • Research,
  • Training

Action Committee Service for Peace (AGDF)

The AGDF (Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden e.V.) is an umbrella organisation of 33 organisations and institutions, all of which provide peace services focussing on various work areas and programmes in Germany and abroad. Their peace services are open to everyone.

  • CPS,
  • Practice,
  • Training,
  • Training materials

Association for Development Cooperation (AGEH)

As the German Catholic agency for international cooperation, AGEH (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklungshilfe e.V.) supplies qualified experts for development cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Central or Eastern Europe. A state-recognised personnel service provider, AGEH is a reliable point of contact for development workers and the partner of choice for more than 150 relief organisations.

  • CPS,
  • Practice

Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), Schlaining Austria

The ASPR is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation which aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and peaceful conflict resolution and to the dissemination of practical ideas for peace, including its developmental and environmental aspects. The ASPR conducts and evaluates research in line with its objectives, engages in training and education, and conducts scientific courses.

  • Austria,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • Training materials

Berghof Conflict Research

Berghof Conflict Research (formerly the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management) supports peacebuilding processes by: conducting innovative, high-quality research, formulating relevant policy advice, networking with partner institutions throughout the world and disseminating knowledge and offering academic support. Berghof Conflict Research aims at developing and promoting practical approaches to transforming violent ethnopolitical conflicts in peaceful ways.

  • Research

Berghof Foundation

The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting conflict stakeholders and actors in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace through peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Today the Berghof Foundation unifies three previously independent institutions: the former Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies with its operational arm, Berghof Conflict Research; Berghof Peace Support; and the former Institute for Peace Education Tübingen.

The Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation is Berghof Foundation’s (formerly Berghof Conflict Research’s) key publication.

  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Think Tank

Berghof Foundation / Peace Education (Institute for Peace Education Tübingen)

Broad educational material for peace education for youth and adults. Many documents are also available in English.

  • Training materials

Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB)

The WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons.

  • Publications,
  • Research

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

As an independent, non-profit organization, BICC deals with a wide range of global topics in the field of peace and conflict research.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Research

Brot für die Welt (BfdW) (Bread for the World)

Brot für die Welt is the globally active relief and development agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. The work of BfdW primarily focuses on the support of projects in the countries of the Global South. An essential feature of BfdW’s work is the close and continuous cooperation with local, often church-related partner organisations. Upon request, BfdW provides them with specialists and volunteers. Through lobbying, public relations and education in Germany and Europe, BfdW seeks to influence political decisions in favour of the poor and to raise awareness for the necessity of a sustainable way of life.

  • Development Cooperation,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C., USA

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States, known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. It works on a range of issues, including nonproliferation, global security and terrorism, developments in Russia, Eurasia, China, and the Middle East, international economics, climate change and energy consumption, and the rising influence of emerging powers and non-state actors. Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington as well as a program in Almaty.

  • Research,
  • Think Tank,
  • USA

Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)

The Center for Conflict Studies is a central part of interdisciplinary collaboration and the study of peace and conflict at the Philipps University in Marburg. It was founded in February 2001 and combines various teaching and research activities that concentrate on central areas of societal and international conflict.

  • Projects,
  • Research

Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

ZIF is tasked with strengthening civilian capacities for crisis prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. Its core mandate is thus training and qualification and recruitment and support of civilian personnel for international peace operations and election monitoring missions by, among other things, developing and maintaining an expert roster of qualified German personnel as well as; providing up-to-date information, analyses, policy advice, and conceptual contributions along with event services in the field of peace operations. To this end, ZIF works closely with the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministries for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), of the Interior (BMI), and of Defense (BMVg), and international organizations, especially the UN, the EU, and the OSCE.

Center for Nonviolent Action, Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

CNA’s mission has been to work on the building of lasting peace in the region of the former Yugoslavia through the promotion of the cultures of nonviolence and dialogue, and through trust building among individuals and groups, as well as constructive dealing with the past as one of the key elements of peacebuilding. Main activities include peace education programmes (trainings) that gather people from the region of former Yugoslavia, documentary film production with the goals of promoting cross-border dialogue and reconciliation, publications, public forums and promotions, exchange and networking seminars.

  • Belgrade,
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • Serbia and Sarajevo,
  • Training,
  • Training materials

Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), Cambridge MA, USA

CDA Collaborative Learning Projects is a non-profit organization (USA) committed to improving the effectiveness of international actors who provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practice, and are involved in supporting sustainable development. CDA organizes collaborative learning projects to gather and analyze the experiences of international efforts and, from these, to identify patterns across contexts and types of programmes.

  • DNH/RPP,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • Training materials,
  • USA

Conciliation Resources, London, UK

Conciliation Resources is a peacebuilding NGO supporting people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions. Conciliation Resources provides practical support to help people affected by violent conflict achieve lasting peace and draws on shared experiences to improve peacebuilding policies and practice worldwide. Activities include working with partners to produce films, write publications and articles, and organise awareness-raising and dialogue events.

  • London,
  • Practice,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Research,
  • UK

Consortium Civil Peace Service (CPS)

The Civil Peace Service (CPS) supports projects aimed at non-violent conflict resolutions in various countries worldwide. It seconds experts to assist local partner organisations. Its objectives are the prevention of violent conflicts, the reduction of violence, and the long-term securing of peace. A number of development and peace organisations have joined up to form the Civil Peace Service Consortium. Members of the consortium include non-governmental as well as governmental agencies. The programme is being financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  • Association,
  • Research

Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), Helsinki, Finland

Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is a Finnish independent non-profit organization and works to prevent and resolve violent conflict by involving all actors relevant to achieving sustainable peace. CMI offers expertise in mediation and dialogue (mediating conflicts, facilitating dialogue processes and providing direct support to mediation processes) as well as capacity building (strengthening the conflict resolution and peacebuilding capacity of conflict parties, international and regional organisations, governments and civil society).

  • Finland,
  • Mediation,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice

Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V. (CRISP)

CRISP facilitates seminars and trainings dealing with conflict transformation and political participation.

  • Practice,
  • Training

CSSP – Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation

CSSP’s mission is to assist community leaders in post crisis areas to resolve their inter-community conflicts through dialogue, trust-building and negotiation using the principles and tools of Integrative Mediation. CSSP advocates for peaceful conflict resolution and capacity-building based on systemic problem-solving, non-discrimination, and participatory processes.

  • Mediation,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice

Democracy Reporting International

Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. Democracy Reporting International analyses, reports and makes recommendations to the public and policy makers on democratic governance.

  • Governance,
  • Political Consulting

Department of Peace Studies (University of Bradford), Bradford, UK

The Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford is the world’s largest university centre for the study of peace and conflict. It offers research, consultancy, training and outreach work across the world. It combines empirical, theoretical and applied research with sustained engagement at international, regional, national and local levels to analyse, prevent and resolve conflicts and develop peaceful societies.

  • Practice Advice,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • UK

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

GIZ (German Development Cooperation) is a service provider and assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. It offers services for sustainable development and apart from project-oriented work and personnel placement also a number of publications are on offer on the website.

  • CPS,
  • Development Cooperation,
  • Practice,
  • Publications

Development and Peace Foundation (SEF)

The Development and Peace Foundation aims to shape policy responses to the complex challenges of globalisation. Its overarching goal is to contribute to worldwide peace and sustainable development based on social justice, human dignity and a respectful approach to nature and its resources. In seeking to influence policy debates beyond the parameters of daily politics, the SEF occasionally provides policy advice on a medium- to long-term basis; this may entail a more comprehensive process, including research and analysis if appropriate.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Publications,
  • Think Tank

Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD-DAC), Paris, France

The OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) contributes to developing better policies for better lives through transparent data on development finance, and improved development cooperation practices and policies. The DCD provides evidence-based policy advice and an open forum to share and build knowledge. DCD helps build consensus among OECD-DAC members and the wider development community to improve development effectiveness.

  • Development Cooperation,
  • France,
  • Governance,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • Research

EIRENE International Christian Service for Peace

EIRENE is a non-profit ecumenical international peace and development service and a recognized agency for development service, voluntary social year, and international youth peace service.

  • CPS,
  • Practice

European Network for Civil Peace Services (EN.CPS)

The European Network for Civil Peace Services (EN.CPS) is an international network of NGOs with the common goal of promoting Civil Peace Services (CPS) on national, European and European Union levels as an instrument of nonviolent conflict intervention. For this purpose, EN.CPS network members co-operate transnationally in the fields of information sharing, political advocacy, awareness raising as well as training and joint projects for the deployment of qualified civil society personnel in conflict areas.

  • Association,
  • CPS,
  • Practice,
  • Training,
  • Training materials

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), Brussels, Belgium

EPLO is the platform of European NGOs, NGO networks and think tanks which are committed to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. EPLO aims to influence the EU so that it promotes and implements measures which lead to sustainable peace between states and within states and peoples, and which transform and resolve conflicts non-violently. EPLO advances the interests of its member organisations through common policy positions, advocacy, disseminating information and promoting understanding of EU policies of concern to its member organisations.

Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm, Sweden

The folke bernadotte academy (FBA) is a Swedish government agency dedicated to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations. FBA functions as a platform for cooperation between Swedish agencies and organizations and their international partners. Its main areas of responsibility are civilian personnel contribution to international peace operations; education, training and exercises; policy, research and development; national and international cooperation and coordination; and funding of civil society peace projects.

  • Donor,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • Sweden,
  • Training

Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst (forumZFD)

The Forum Civil Peace Service was established in 1996 with a mission to push for the “realization of the idea of a Civilian Peace Service”. forumZFD is a non-partisan organisation. It is supported by 38 member organisations and more than 150 individual members.

  • CPS,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice

Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz – Academy for Crisis Prevention and Civil Conflict Management

The Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz – Academy for Crisis Prevention and Civil Conflict Management is an institution related to the study of peace and conflict at the University Koblenz-Landau. Working at the interface between peace research and peace education the Peace Academy focuses on strengthening and developing proven strategies of conflict prevention and civil conflict management, promoting academic research, encouraging civil society as well as qualifying people being confronted with conflict and violence potentials.

  • Practice Advice,
  • Research

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. With the safeguarding and the development of its statutory projects (civic education and dialogue, sponsorship of the talented, research and political consultation, archive-work), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation wants to contribute to shaping the future.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • Think Tank

FriEnt – Working Group on Peace and Development

The Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) is an association of governmental organisations, church development agencies, civil society networks, and political foundations. FriEnt aims to pool capacities, support networking and cooperation, and contribute to conflict-sensitive development cooperation.

  • Association,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Think Tank

German Development Institute (DIE)

The German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik – DIE) is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international development policy worldwide. The DIE’s unique research profile combines research, consulting and professional training. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks.

  • Development Cooperation,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Research,
  • Training

German Institute for Human Rights

The German Institute for Human Rights was established in March 2001 on the recommendation of the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag). The Institute provides information about the human rights situation within and outside of Germany. It aims to prevent human rights violations, and contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights.

  • Human Rights,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Research,
  • Think Tank

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

For more than 50 years, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public. While the SWP initially dealt primarily with issues of disarmament, today there is a broad spectrum of analysis ranging from classic security policy issues to aspects of climate protection and the political challenges associated with resource scarcity.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Think Tank

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

The GIGA is the biggest research institute for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany, and one of the biggest in Europe as well. GIGA’s research focuses on political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. GIGA researchers also concentrate on inter-regional linkages and global themes.

  • Publications,
  • Research

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Ireland

Glencree is dedicated to providing leadership and support in practical peacebuilding, and works to transform violent conflict within and between divided communities in Ireland, North and South, Britain, and elsewhere in the world. Current worl includes dialogue, learning, networks and international activity.

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Hague, Netherlands

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society organisations active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. GPPAC members aim to achieve greater synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding by connecting different levels (from national to regional and global), and to strengthen the role of local civil society groups in conflict regions. GPPAC supports the capacity of the regional networks to interact and act together, and facilitates regional and global exchanges, and also connects its members with other relevant actors, including the UN, regional intergovernmental organisations, state actors, the media and academia.

  • Advocacy,
  • Association,
  • Netherlands,
  • Networking,
  • Political Consulting

Global Witness, London, UK

Global Witness investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource related conflict and corruption, and associated environmental and human rights abuses. Its work ranges from undercover investigations to high level lobby meetings.

  • Advocacy,
  • Governance,
  • Human Rights,
  • UK

globalpeacebuilders, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Globalpeacebuilders is an international network of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives. By connecting organisations, researchers, academics and individual practitioners, it offers a platform for learning, exchange of best practice and development of international partnerships for reconciliation and peacebuilding.

  • Networking,
  • Northern Ireland,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Research,
  • Think Tank,
  • Training

Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)

The Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) is an independent and interdisciplinary registered association located at the Department of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. Since 1991 the HIIK has been committed to the distribution of knowledge about the emergence, course and settlement of interstate and intrastate political conflicts. The Conflict Barometer is published annually and contains the current research result. Furthermore, the HIIK is updating and maintaining the conflict database CONIS.

  • Publications,
  • Research

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V. (HBS)

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. HBS works with 160 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 29 international offices.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • Think Tank

Horizont 3000, Vienna, Austria

HORIZONT3000 is an Austrian NGO working in the area of development cooperation. With the mandate of its member organisations of the catholic development sector it specialises in the monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the provision of experts in developing countries.

  • Association,
  • Austria,
  • Development Cooperation,
  • Practice

HUMBOLDT-Viadrina School of Governance

The HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance conducts applied research and offer a practically oriented Master of Public Policy degree. It aims at acting as a forum to bring together people who collectively address the challenges posed by society today. The School conciders itself an independent and critical actor, who contributes, becomes involved and, ultimately, effects change.

  • Practice,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Research

Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI)

IPTI is dedicated to evidence-based research and its transfer to policy and practice. The objective of the initiative is to support sustainable peace and transition processes by providing expertise and information on inclusion and participation in political processes. IPTI provides its knowledge to international and national governmental/non-governmental organisations and conflict parties. The initiative’s main activity lines are: expert support to peace, transition and political reform processes; input into policy processes; training; maintaining an online resource centre; and ongoing research.

  • Practice Advice,
  • Research

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) – Förderprogramm zivik

Ifa’s zivik programme advises non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the German Federal Foreign Office on civilian conflict resolution. The zivik team promotes, documents and evaluates projects implemented in crisis regions throughout the world. The programme is financed through funding provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2001, ifa and its zivik programme have been making a key contribution to expanding the field of civil conflict resolution. The programme also serves to put into practice the Federal Government’s Action Plan on “Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding,” which was adopted in 2004.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Project Funding

Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

The Institute for Development and Peace, which was founded in 1990, is an Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Faculty of Social Sciences). INEF is the only German research institute working on questions at the intersection of peace and development and combines basic with applied research and public policy consulting.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Publications,
  • Research

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), Arlington VA, USA

IMTD’s mission is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education and conflict resolution training. IMTD’s multi-track approach to peacebuilding expands the traditional framework of peacemaking to include both official and unofficial spheres such as non-governmental structures, businesses, private citizens, educational and research institutions, peace activists, religious organizations, foundations and mass media.

  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • USA

International Alert, London, UK

International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation that works with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace. It seeks to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace. Its policy work focuses on several key themes – the economy, climate change, gender, the role of international institutions, the impact of development aid and the effect of good and bad governance. International Alert works in a number of ways, using one or more of the following methods: Dialogue, research, advocacy, training and accompaniment.

  • Advocacy,
  • Ecology,
  • Governance,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • UK

International Crisis Group (ICG), Brussels, Belgium

The ICG is a non-profit organisation that functions as a source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. It provides a combination of field-based analysis, practical policy prescriptions and high-level advocacy. It offers early warning through its long-term presence in and coverage of many conflict situations, produces expert field-based analysis and advice on specific policy issues, and provides analysis and detailed actor mapping developments regarding conflict, mass violence and terrorism.

  • Advocacy,
  • Belgium,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Publications,
  • Research

Interpeace, Geneva, Switzerland

Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization and strategic partner of the United Nations. Its work aims to contribute to building lasting peace through inclusive and nationally-led processes of change. Interpeace works exclusively with national teams in countries across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

  • Mediation,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Switzerland

KATU – Civil Society Conflict Prevention Network, Helsinki, Finland

KATU is a network open to NGOs and individuals alike interested in conflict prevention and crisis management and a forum combining the efforts of Finnish ngos in the field of conflict prevention. KATU aims to popularise comprehensive crisis management and conflict prevention by combining lobbying and advocating efforts. Its work has a special emphasis on civilian crisis management and human security. KATU organises annual seminars and training on current trends and themes in the field of conflict prevention with special emphasis on building capacity of the civil society in conflict- and civilian crisis management. KATU is also involved in coordinating crisis management projects in conflict and post-conflict areas.

  • Advocacy,
  • Finland,
  • Networking,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Training

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana

The KAIPTC aims at meeting the peacekeeping training requirements of the African continent and offers all aspects of research and training for enhanced performance in integrated peace support operations. The centre’s activities draw participants from the full spectrum of the peacekeeping community, the security sector and civil, diplomatic and nongovernmental agencies. Core courses in peacekeeping activities are augmented by other specialist and train-the-trainer courses, seminars, conferences and workshops, all of which are designed to reflect regional needs and stakeholder requirements.

  • Ghana,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Training

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. In Germany, 16 regional offices and two conference centers offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. The offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. Civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. A focus is placed on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • Think Tank

Nansen Dialogue Network, Lillehammer, Norway

Nansen aims to support actively and effectively intercultural and interethnic dialogue processes at local, national and international levels with the aim of contributing to conflict prevention, reconciliation and peace building. It supports inclusive and integrated education (both formal and informal) in multiethnic and multicultural societies, works with opinion and decision makers to improve the efficiency of institutional systems in post conflict environments, contributes to processes of reconciliation and sustainable return of refugees and displaced people through dialogue, networks with key social and political actors within the field of peacebuilding and improves capacities and performance of its network.

  • Advocacy,
  • Mediation,
  • Norway,
  • Practice,
  • Publications

Nonviolent Peace Force, Brussels, Belgium

The mission of Nonviolent Peaceforce is to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. As an unarmed, paid civilian peacekeeping force, Nonviolent Peaceforce fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians. NP peacekeeping teams are presently deployed in the Philippines, in South Sudan, and the South Caucasus. Activities include entering active conflict zones to remove civilians in the crossfire, providing opposing factions a safe space to negotiate, serving as a communication link between warring factions, securing safe temporary housing for civilians displaced by war, providing violence prevention measures during elections and negotiating the return of kidnapped family members.

  • Advocacy,
  • Belgium,
  • Practice

Open Society Foundations, New York, USA

The Open Society Foundations seeks to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people by strengthening the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. One of the aims is the development of civil society organizations to encourage participation in democracy and society.

  • Advocacy,
  • Governance,
  • Human Rights,
  • Practice,
  • USA

Oxfam International, Oxford, UK

Working with local partner organizations Oxfam focuses on long-term programs to eradicate poverty and combat injustice, immediate life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters or conflict, raising public awareness of the causes of poverty and to encourage ordinary people to take action for a fairer world, and pressing decision-makers to change policies and practices that reinforce poverty and injustice. All this is based on thorough research and analysis.

  • Advocacy,
  • Development Cooperation,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • UK

Pax Christi International, Brussels, Belgium

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict. Pax Christi International operates in two basic spheres: one responds to requests for help from local peace groups in regions experiencing conflict around the world, and the second supports international coalitions that focus on timely issues like banning landmines, curbing the trade and proliferation of small arms, establishing an International Criminal Court, and abolishing nuclear weapons.

  • Advocacy,
  • Association,
  • Belgium,
  • Human Rights,
  • Practice

Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN), USA

PCDN is a free professional networking site that works to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields and currently has over 29,000 members. Members can post fellowship/scholarship opportunities, information about relevant academic programs, training opportunities, news about new publications (policy and/or academic), questions about new or ongoing research projects, discussion of conflict regions, videos and photos. PCDN seeks to create horizontal networking and information sharing for individuals and groups around the world.

  • Networking,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • USA

Peace Brigades International (PBI), London, UK

PBI works to open a space for peace in which conflicts can be dealt with non-violently using a strategy of international presence and concern that supports local initiatives and contributes to developing a culture of peace and justice. The aim of PBI’s international presence is to accompany both political and social processes through a joint strategy of deterring violence and promoting active non-violence. The international teams of volunteers use methods such as protective accompaniment, peace education, independent observation and analysis of the conflict situation.

  • Advocacy,
  • Practice,
  • UK

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt was founded in 1970 by the government of the state of Hesse as a foundation under public law. With more than 70 members of staff PRIF is the largest peace research institute in Germany. Since 1 January 2009, PRIF has been a member of the Leibniz Association. PRIF´s work is directed towards identifying the causes of violent international and internal conflicts, carrying out research into the conditions necessary for peace, understood as a process of decreasing violence and increasing justice, and spreading the concepts of peace. Within the framework of its political consulting, research results are converted into practically orientated options for action that find their way into the public debate.

  • Political Consulting,
  • Research

Plattform Zivile Konfliktbearbeitung

The Platform is a German network of associates, aiming to promote peaceful conflict management. The Platform was founded in 1998 in Bad Honnef, Germany. It is designed as an open network. The preamble to the Charter of the German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management states the networks’ purpose and commitment: “On the threshold of the 21st century, the world is facing an unbearable amount of violence, especially in internal conflicts. To reduce and overcome this violence, the development of diverse approaches to peaceful conflict management is essential. Therefore it is necessary, that non-governmental organisations increase their engagement and that in general society’s capability of managing conflict constructively will be strengthened.”

  • Association,
  • Political Consulting

Responding to Conflict (RTC), Birmingham, UK

RTC is a non-governmental organisation that works to transform conflict and build peace by working alongside people living in situations of conflict and violence to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to create and implement strategies for peace. RTC works with individuals and local civil society organisations to strengthen their skills, knowledge and understanding in the field of conflict transformation so that they are able to develop creative ways of working with conflict, are more effective in preventing violence and resolving conflict peacefully and have the capacity to act on opportunities to transform the structures and systems that maintain conflict when they arise.

  • Practice,
  • Training,
  • Training materials,
  • UK

Saferworld, London, UK

Saferworld is an international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives  with programmes in nearly 20 countries and territories across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Its work focuses on improving access to security and justice, enhancing controls over conventional weapons, making aid more effective in conflict-affected states and promoting better governance to support peacebuilding.

  • Advocacy,
  • Governance,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • UK

Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Washington DC, USA and Brussels, Belgium

SFCG uses a multi-faceted approach, employing media initiatives and working with local partners in government and civil society, to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with conflicts constructively. Using innovative tools and working at different levels of society, SFCG engage in long-term processes of conflict transformation. Its toolbox includes media production – radio, TV, film and print – mediation and facilitation, training, community organizing, sports, theater and music.

  • Belgium,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Training,
  • Training materials,
  • USA

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.

  • Networking,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Sweden

swisspeace, Bern, Switzerland

Swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute which carries out research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation. The Foundation aims to build up Swiss and international organizations’ civilian peacebuilding capacities by providing trainings, space for networking and exchange of experiences. Swisspeace also promotes knowledge transfer between researchers and practitioners and aims at shaping political and academic discourses on peace policy issues at the national and international level through publications, workshops and conferences.

  • Advocacy,
  • Association,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Switzerland,
  • Think Tank,
  • Training

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), Washington DC, USA

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is the institutional home for the leading peacebuilding institutions and professionals in the United States and around the world. Working with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, AfP and its members are directly linked with thousands of trained and dedicated local peacebuilders around the world. AfP plays a 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.

  • Association,
  • Practice Advice,
  • Research,
  • USA

The Association “Learning and Helping Overseas” (AKLHÜ)

AKLHÜ is a public-benefit association with 32 member organisations operating in the fields of personnel development cooperation, international volunteer services and development-related education. Within the system of German development cooperation, AKLHÜ is a central body for advising on personal commitment abroad, on exchanges on issues and technical topics between national and international actors in development cooperation, and on networking. It supports members in their efforts to achieve goals formulated jointly with their partners in various countries throughout the world, as a way of contributing to development. Since its formation, AKLHÜ’s activities have been promoted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  • Association,
  • Development Cooperation,
  • Practice

The Canadian Peacebuilding Network, Ottawa, Canada

The Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee (CPCC) is a member-based network of Canadian non-governmental organizations and individuals actively involved in peacebuilding practice and policy development. Its goal is to engender greater coherence and effectiveness in building peace through fostering collaboration and coordination among diverse stakeholders in Canada and with partners overseas.

  • Advocacy,
  • Canada,
  • Governance,
  • Networking,
  • Publications

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or bpb as it is referred to in short) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues to all people in Germany.

  • Publications,
  • Think Tank,
  • Training materials

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Johanneshov, Sweden

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation conducts projects in regions of war and armed conflict that promote women’s self-reliance and self-esteem, women’s psychosocial and/or physical health; or that contribute to promoting women’s par­ticipation in the building of a democratic civil society. It also fosters studies and research on the effects of war and armed conflict on women and brings to the attention of the public facts and information about the effects of war to build public support for peaceful conflict resolution through the use of civil means.

  • Advocacy,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Sweden,
  • Training

The Life & Peace Institute (LPI), Uppsala, Sweden

LPI is an international and ecumenical centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace. Strategic priorities are civil society support and engagement, policy work and awareness-raising and cross-fertilisation of conflict transformation theory and practice.

  • Advocacy,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Sweden

The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization, active in Romania and internationally since March 2001. The main purpose of PATRIR is to promote peacebuilding, and constructive conflict transformation, and at the same time the prevention of all forms of violence – direct, structural, and cultural – in Romania, and internationally. The organization carries out extensive research, publications and advocacy on peacebuilding practice and effectiveness.

  • Advocacy,
  • Practice,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Romania,
  • Training

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway

The Peace Research Institute Oslo conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO work to identify new trends in global conflict, as well as to formulate and document new understandings of and responses to armed conflict. PRIO is a leading institution in peace research, and strives to be at the cutting edge both analytically, and in the impact of peace research on policy and practice.

  • Norway,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Publications,
  • Research,
  • Think Tank

The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), Brussels, Belgium

QCEA promotes Quaker values at the European level. This includes advocating non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, promoting policies that respect the intrinsic equality of all people everywhere, and trying to ensure that European policy sustains the planet’s resources and the lives of all those who share them.

  • Advocacy,
  • Belgium,
  • Mediation,
  • Practice,
  • Publications

Transcend Peace University

The Transcend Peace University, TPU is an all-online university, currently headed by Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung, widely recognized as the core founding-figure of the academic discipline of peace studies. The interdisciplinary courses are designed to cover issues pertaining to peace and development studies.

  • Research,
  • Training

UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), New York, USA

The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict, and is a key addition to the capacity of the International Community in the broad peace agenda.

  • Advocacy,
  • Political Consulting,
  • Practice,
  • USA

United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington DC, USA

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. USIP leverages resources and skills for peacebuilding by developing research, analysis, educational tools and understanding of international conflicts and then applying models and lessons learned in conflict zones around the world.

  • Advocacy,
  • Practice,
  • Research,
  • Training materials,
  • USA

Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (WFD)

WFD was founded in 1959 in Berlin, Germany, as a politically and confessionally open working group. The formation of the society was a response to the horrendous experiences of the Second World War and also to Germany’s decision to re-arm. The WFD supports initiatives and projects in which people work towards improving their own living standards and environmental conditions in an active and self-determined manner. The WFD sees its work as a direct engagement in countering the extremely unfair distribution of wealth, which is fundamentally caused by unjust global economic structures.

  • CPS,
  • Practice