Mission and Programs
Advancing sustainable peace and security worldwide
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is the institutional home for the peacebuilding community—a network of over 100 organizations working to resolve conflict and create sustainable peace in 153 countries. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and the most powerful peacebuilding groups—and our partners span a range of sectors, including environment, education, unarmed citizen protection, business, media, the arts, and more—all working toward the shared goal of peace. AfP amplifies the voices of peacebuilders worldwide, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone.
Our vision is to advance sustainable peace and security worldwide. We believe in a systems approach to peacebuilding that recognizes the complexity of modern conflict, and which connects the multiple sectors working for peace—making strong linkages between the local, national, regional, and global levels to create a stronger scaffolding for peace.
We cultivate innovation by accelerating and integrating new concepts and approaches to peace and security, and by breaking down sectoral silos. We encourage inventive and collaborative programming that strengthens peacebuilding practice. We push the boundaries of traditional peacebuilding and effectiveness, and pioneer new connections across sectors in related fields. Across our work, we build strong connections with key stakeholders in the policy, academic, media, arts, and NGO communities.
We harness our wide community to strengthen the voice of peacebuilding, and to create more rigorous, effective practice. We encourage a culture of learning, monitoring and evaluation across the field, in order to develop an evidence-based approach to complex social change. We attract new resources for the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field, in order to effect stronger joint action. We help institutionalize peace around the world.
We influence the broader peacebuilding field by fostering an understanding of the systemic approach to peacebuilding, and creating a broad constituency for peace inside and outside government. We insure that peacebuilding strategy is integrated into the programs and policies of governments and donors (both public and private), international agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs). We shift public awareness and promote social action through the use of media and effective storytelling, across a range of platforms and settings.
Since its incorporation in 2003, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) has grown from a small cluster of conflict resolution practitioners to a rich and diverse network of over 15,000 individuals and organizations that are active in more than 153 countries. Founded in 1999 as the Applied Conflict Resolution Organization Network (ACRON), AfP began with the goal of supporting collaboration in the conflict resolution field, which was fragmented at the time. With a $1 million planning grant from the Hewlett Foundation in 2003, ACRON became the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (AICPR) with a broader mandate and a stronger emphasis on conflict prevention. In 2006, the organization became the Alliance for Peacebuilding, adopting a more ambitious mission and further emphasizing collaborative action.