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MISSION STATEMENT

The Initiative for Peacebuilding – Early Warning Analysis to Action (IfP-EW) is a consortium led by International Alert and funded by the European Commission. It draws on the expertise of 10 members comprising civil society organizations, networks and universities and 3 associates with offices across the EU and in conflict-affected countries. It aims to develop and harness international knowledge and expertise in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding to ensure that all stakeholders, including EU institutions, can access strong, independent, locally-derived analysis in order to facilitate better informed and more evidence-based policy and programming decisions.

CONTEXT

Fragile situations are a major obstacle to sustainable development, regional stability and international security. The IfP-EW aims to increase understanding of the factors which catalyse violence and turn fragility into open, widespread violence and of the systemic blockages and policies which constrain institutions from acting fully and promptly on available analyses.

The EU is the largest donor of humanitarian and development assistance and acts as a point of reference for others on stability, democracy and human rights. The EC has delegations and offices in 120 countries around the world and continues to develop its potential to respond to conflict and promote stability.

 

APPROACH

While the specific activities and objectives of IfP-EW are distinct from those of IfP they build on its strengths and experiences, identifying some of the key, relevant but not always obvious issues that are challenges to peace.

Accordingly IfP-EW undertakes the following objectives
• Exploring the multiple drivers of fragility and conflict in a wide variety of contexts across five global regions.
• Using locally-derived analyses in a number of under-explored, overlapping areas to inform conflict prevention and crisis response strategies and policies.
• Understanding the critical systemic constraints to early action and strengthening institutional approaches to early response. Improving collaboration and strengthening networking among research institutions, think-tanks, academic and civil society organisations.

Specific objectives:
• To increase understanding of (i) the factors which catalyse violence and turn fragility into open, widespread violence, and (ii) the systemic blockages and policies which constrain institutions from acting fully and promptly on available analyses.


THEMES & COUNTRIES

IfP-EW focuses on multiple themes across multiple regions and is organised in a framework of four interconnected clusters. Thematically the action includes: climate change; improving institutional capacity; media and information flows, and youth, identity and security.

Geographically the action covers – in addition to EU member states – Africa (Cape Verde, DRC, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda), the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Venezuela) and Asia (Armenia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Timor Leste).

THE PARTNERS
Adelphi, Germany; Nucleo de Estudos para a Paz department (NEP) of the Centre for Social Studies (CES); Portugal; Netherlands Institute of International relations Clingendael (Clingendael), Netherlands; Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) Greece; Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), Spain; Interpeace, Switzerland; International Alert (Alert), UK; Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI), Brussels; Saferworld (SW), UK; Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Washington-DC.


About the Partners
See below for descriptions of each organization
| Adelphi Research

Adelphi Research was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization. The mission of Adelphi is to promote high-quality interdisciplinary research and strategic policy analysis, to provide public policy consulting and training, and to facilitate dialogue for institutions and among civil society in Europe and abroad. Its expertise builds on a multi-disciplinary staff of 25 lawyers, economists, engineers, political scientists and environmental planners. Our core programme on environment, conflict and cooperation includes some 50 projects on research, strategic analysis, public policy consulting and dialogue on the interface between natural resources, environment, conflict and peacebuilding. Our work is based on a comprehensive understanding of environment and includes among others the following topics: conflict resources, conflict sensitive programming, conflict mainstreaming strategies, Capacity-Building for conflict analysis and prevention, early warning indicators, transboundary environmental cooperation for peacebuilding, integrated assessment methodologies, governance and state fragility, as well as climate change, energy and security. For more information on Adelphi Research and its programmes, projects and services please consult www.adelphi-research.de and www.ecc-platform.org.

| Clingendael- Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, based in The Hague, aims to promote the understanding of international affairs by conducting research, and by organising courses and training programmes. The Institute acts in an advisory capacity to the Dutch government, parliament and civil society organisations, as well as to the general public.

Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) conducts research on the nexus between security and development with a special focus on integrated/comprehensive approaches on conflict prevention, stabilisation and reconstruction in fragile and post-conflict states. Specialising in conducting applied, policy-oriented research, linking academic research with policy analyses, the CRU translates theoretical insights into practical tools and policy recommendations for decision-makers in national and multilateral governmental and non-governmental organisations. Activities include stability assessments of specific countries/regions; governance assessments; SSR related assessments; and assessing and analysing the interventions of international actors in conflict and post-conflict situations and fragile states. The CRU has developed (analytical) instruments for conducting such assessments and supporting policymakers in developing new policy concepts and in promoting joined up approaches of developmental, foreign affairs, defence and other actors in dealing with the complexities of fragile and post-conflict states. (www.clingendael.nl/cru)

Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes and works for sustainable security. CMI's mission is to strengthen the capacity of the international community in comprehensive crisis management and conflict resolution. CMI seeks practical solutions and effective multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Crisis Management Initiative

  • Promotes sustainable security in a pioneering way
  • Brings together actors to seek solutions to security challenges
  • Engages in Capacity-Building among the international community in conflict prevention, resolution and transformation
  • Advocates solutions for security
  • Uses comprehensive approaches that bind together security and development, good governance, justice and reconciliation

Founded in 2000 by its Chairman, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, CMI has, among other things, mediated the negotiations for a peace agreement in Aceh, Indonesia; supported information sharing and interoperability in crisis management; enhanced the role of civil society in EU civilian crisis management; contributed to bringing a European perspective to conflict resolution in the Black Sea region; started to forge a network to systematise know-how on Track II mediation; and shaped the agenda and priorities of European security research. (www.cmi.fi)

| ELIAMEP- Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) was founded in 1988 and operates as an independent, non-profit, policy-oriented research and training institute. It functions as a forum of debate on international issues, as an information centre, as well as a point of contact for experts and policymakers.

Important subjects for research at ELIAMEP have included European integration and Greece's experience as a member state of the EU; the deepening and widening of European and regional organisations; comparative political, economic and military developments in Southeastern Europe, the Black Sea region, the Mediterranean and the wider Middle East; Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue (including strategies of tension reduction and conflict resolution); EU migration policy; environment and security; and, intercultural inter-religious dialogue. ELIAMEP has an active participation in several research consortia funded by the EU Framework Programmes.

ELIAMEP also organizes training seminars for high-ranking officials and policy-makers from Greece, Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and Middle East regions, the EU and the U.S. The Halki International Seminars form the core of ELIAMEP’s training activities for young leaders. (www.eliamep.gr)

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.

EPLO advances the interests of its members through common policy positions and consequently advocating for those common positions. EPLO disseminates information and promotes understanding of EU policies of concern to its Members. The Office builds also solidarity and cooperation amongst its members and with other relevant NGO networks. Finally, EPLO raises awareness about the contribution the EU should make to peacebuilding and the need to hold the EU accountable to its own political commitments of helping secure peace within and outside its borders. (www.eplo.org)

| FRIDE - La Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior

La Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) is a think tank based in Madrid that aims to provide the best and most innovative thinking on Europe’s role in the international arena. It strives to break new ground in its core research interests of peace and security, human rights, democracy promotion, and development and humanitarian aid, and mould debate in governmental and non-governmental bodies through rigorous analysis, rooted in the values of justice, equality and democracy.

FRIDE engages in rigorous analysis of the difficult debates surrounding ethical questions in international relations. Our main contribution to international debates stems from the work of three separate research departments:
  • Peace, security and human rights
  • The development and promotion of democracy.
  • Improving humanitarian action and development.

FRIDE has established the Club of Madrid and the magazine Foreign Policy-Spanish Edition, and is associated with the Toledo Centre for International Peace (CITpax), and Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA). (www.fride.org/homepage_english)

| International Alert

International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation that has worked for over 20 years to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict. Our multifaceted approach focuses both in and across various regions; aiming to shape policies and practices that affect peacebuilding; and helping build skills and capacity through training. Our regional work is based in the African Great Lakes, West Africa, the South Caucasus, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Colombia. Our thematic projects work at local, regional and international levels, focusing on cross-cutting issues critical to building sustainable peace. These include business and economy, gender, governance, aid, security and justice. We are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding NGOs; in 2006 our income was £5.3 million and we had more than 100 staff based in London and our 10 field offices. (www.international-alert.org)

| Interpeace

Interpeace

Interpeace is an international peacebuilding organization that helps divided and conflicted societies build sustainable peace.

Interpeace focuses on reinforcing local capacities to overcome deep social divisions and to address conflict in non-violent ways.

Interpeace works with local peacebuilding teams, made up of nationals from the country concerned, to facilitate dialogue with all sectors of society (governments, opposition groups, civil society, private sector representatives, diasporas, etc). These dialogue processes enable populations directly affected by conflict to rebuild trust, to define priorities for social, economic and political rehabilitation, to find consensus-based solutions to conflict, and to assist with their implementation.

Interpeace was created in 2000 as the successor to the UN pilot programme called the War-torn Societies Project (1994-1998). We continue to work in partnership with the United Nations through our Joint Programme Unit for UN/Interpeace Initiatives, which provides us with the flexibility necessary to implement programmes as UN or independent NGO initiatives, depending on the political situation in the countries concerned.

(http://www.interpeace.org/)

| NEP/CES

NEP/CES

The Peace Studies Research Group assumes peace studies as one of the most important lines of research within the field of critical theories in international relations. Within this framework, the research developed so far has included three main topics: a) a critical view on peacebuilding processes as elements of liberal global governance; b) newest wars, taking place in micro-territories (urban landscapes) and their crucial economic, cultural and social ingredients; c) small arms regulation, both on the demand and on the supply sides, and the connection between arms culture and gender violence.

We single out the following activities carried out in 2009:

Completion of the project: “Peacebuilding processes and state failure strategies – lessons learned from three former Portuguese colonies”, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Completion of the projects “Rostos Invisíveis” [“Invisible Faces”], a development education and awareness raising project, co-funded by IPAD, in partnership with the development NGO Instituto Marquês de Valle Flor.

Publication of the manual Mulheres e violências. Combater a violência: propostas para a Guiné-Bissau. Lisboa: Instituto Marquês de Valle Flor (Roque, Sílvia; Negrão, Sara, 2009)

Completion of the project "Trajectórias de disseminação e contenção da violência: um estudo comparativo entre Bissau e Praia" [“Trajectories of violence dissemination and containment: a comparative study of Bissau and Praia”], funded by FCT.

Training course “Youth and violence: Factors and Answers”, aimed at youth associations, INEP, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, November 29-30.

Final seminar of the project "Violence trajectories: an analysis from the youth", CES Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, December 17.

Participation in the international campaign "Disarm Domestic Violence!", run by the IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) Women's Network, which involved data collection on the Portuguese reality, namely through the conduction of interviews with specialists on public security, health, social services and NGO which work on victims' support, as well as the apllication of questionnaires on small arms and domestic violence perceptions in victims centres, June-July 2009.

Premier of the documentary “Luto como Mãe” (www.lutocomomae.com), one of the products of the research-action project “Support programme for survivors of massacres in Rio de Janeiro” (2007-2010), produced by Cinema Nosso, Jabuti Filmes and TVZero, Teatro da Cerca S. Bernardo, Coimbra, Portugal, June 29 2009.

Book launch “Auto de Resistência. Relatos de familiares de vítimas de violência armada” (Barbara Musumeci Soares, Tatiana Moura and Carla Afonso, Rio de Janeiro: 7 Letras), Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24 2009.

Organisation of the international Summer Course “The sex of violences”, Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra, Portugal, September 9-12 2009.

Organisation of the photo exhibition “Disarming sight: violence and small arms in Portugal”, Coimbra, Casa da Esquina, Portugal, September 12 2009.

Beginning of the research project “Early Warning: from analysis to action”, a 36 month European Commission funded project (Instrument for Stability, Crisis Preparedness Component), coordinated by International Alert.

(http://www.interpeace.org/)

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved.

In order to promote justice, peace, and reconciliation, government officials and nongovernmental advocates are likely to consider a variety of transitional justice approaches including both judicial and non-judicial responses to human rights crimes. The ICTJ assists in the development of integrated, comprehensive, and localized approaches to transitional justice comprising five key elements: prosecuting perpetrators, documenting and acknowledging violations through nonjudicial means such as truth commissions, reforming abusive institutions, providing reparations to victims, and facilitating reconciliation processes.

The Center is committed to building local capacity and generally strengthening the emerging field of transitional justice, and works closely with organizations and experts around the world to do so. By working in the field through local languages, the ICTJ provides comparative information, legal and policy analysis, documentation, and strategic research to justice and truth-seeking institutions, nongovernmental organizations, governments and others. (www.ictj.org)

| PDCI- Partners for Democratic Change International

Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI)is a global partnership of fifteen independent, local organizations in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East that work to advance civil society, good governance and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Our member organizations are independent and interrelated, sustainable and growing, and seek to ensure a high standard of work.

Although PDCI’s 15 NGO members work in diverse areas according to their own contexts and strategic directions, four main themes, all rooted in respect for human rights and dedicated to peaceful outcomes of change and conflict, reflect their common priorities and competences: conflict and change management, civil society development, democratic development, and social inclusion.

PDCI envisions a global partnership that promotes a culture of peace worldwide, and societies in which citizen participation is ensured at all levels. (www.pdci-network.org)

| Saferworld

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent armed violence and create safer communities in which people can lead peaceful and rewarding lives.

We do this through research, advocacy and training, working with partners at every level from grassroots community action groups to governments.

We believe in working with others to achieve common objectives. Our aim is to empower local partners with the skills to become more effective and sustainable.

Established in 1989, we work in Africa, Asia and Europe. We have staff based in our offices in London and Nairobi, and in all the regions in which we work.

We receive funding from a range of donors including governments, the European Commission, trusts and individuals. (www.saferworld.org.uk)

| Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.

They use 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: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

(www.sfcg.org/)


PARTNERS

Adelphi Research website
Clingendael website
ELIAMEP website
FRIDE website
International Alert website
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