Collaboration for Greater Impact
Charity & Security Network
AfP and the Charity & Security Network (CSN) are exploring avenues at the executive branch and Congress to ensure that material support restrictions do not hinder peacebuilding organizations. Through the Peacebuilding Working Group at CSN, AfP meets regularly with the State, Justice, and Treasury Departments to ease material support restrictions and relay the concerns of civil society organizations to policymakers.
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
AfP serves as the US arm of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a global civil society-led network that seeks to build an international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. GPPAC was established in 2003 in response to the call made by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his 2001 report Prevention of Armed Conflict for an international conference of civil society organizations working in the field of conflict prevention.
AfP co-chairs the Conflict and Fragility Working Group at InterAction, which meets bimonthly to follow and support implementation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and other related issues. The Working Group meets regularly with USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation to discuss how civil society and the US government can work together on New Deal implementation, especially in Liberia (to which the United States and Sweden are the leading donors). AfP links the work of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) on the Post-Millennium Development Goals agenda in 2015 (Post-2015) with InterAction’s Conflict and Fragility Working Group.
AfP also participates in InterAction’s special Post-2015 Task Force, which seeks to guide the US government to advocate for a progressive Post-2015 agenda in the political negotiations among UN Member States over the next two years.
United States Institute of Peace
The US Institute of Peace (USIP), the federal arm of the peacebuilding community, and AfP have formed a substantive partnership in a variety of ways.
Together the two organizations founded the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project (PEP) in 2010. This groundbreaking project was the first within the peacebuilding field to bring donors and implementers together to develop practical strategies to improve evaluation. The original PEP process findings were analyzed and disseminated in the USIP Special Report, Improving Peacebuilding Evaluation and the AfP report Starting on the Same Page. In 2012, AfP and USIP hosted the first Peacebuilding Evaluation Evidence Summit at USIP. Made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Summit was built on the premise of highlighting the best efforts and success in peacebuilding evaluation. The Summit findings were widely distributed through Proof of Concept: Nine Examples of Peacebuilding Evaluation.
AfP advocates among its network of more than 15,000 people to encourage Congress to adequately fund USIP. Melanie Greenberg and Lisa Schirch sit on the Integrated Education Training and Working Group, an interagency committee focusing on the needs of the US government for training in conflict prevention, conflict management, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. Greenberg co-chairs the project on Data Sharing for the USIP Roundtable on Science, Technology and Peacebuilding, and AfP Board Chair Robert Ricigliano serves on the Roundtable’s project on Systems. Program Director Melanie Kawano-Chiu helped to design a mass atrocities simulation with the Department of Defense under the auspices of USIP.
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum
The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum is a monthly event series held in Washington for highlighting innovative and constructive methods of conflict resolution. CPRF’s goals are to (1) provide information from a wide variety of perspectives; (2) explore possible solutions to complex conflicts; and (3) offer a secure venue for stakeholders from various disciplines to engage in cross-sector and multi-track problem solving. The CPRF is co-sponsored by a consortium of organizations that specialize in conflict resolution and/or public policy formulation, including:
- Alliance for Peacebuilding
- American University, Center for Global Peace and Development
- Georgetown University, Conflict Resolution MA Program
- George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Conflict Management Program
- Partners for Democratic Change
- Search for Common Ground
- United States Institute of Peace
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Africa Program
AfP partners with The Bridges Institute on Mali Watch, a non-partisan civil society coalition of non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and Malian nationals committed to the restoration of democracy, security, and economic development to the people of Mali. This coalition was established in response to the violent flare up in Mali at the end of 2012 and holds biweekly meetings with the Malian Ambassador to the United States and representatives from several desks in the State Department. Mali Watch has become a unique and vital space for those invested in all aspects of the conflict to voice concerns and potential solutions.
Prevention and Protection Working Group
AfP actively participates in the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), a coalition of organizations dedicated to preventing deadly conflict and protecting civilians by strengthening US civilian capacities. The PPWG engages in issues of State and Foreign Appropriations, advocating for continued funding of bodies and agencies that increase US capacity for rapid and flexible prevention. It has two sub-groups, one is the Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau and the other is the Atrocities Prevention Board. AfP is involved in both.
Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
AfP plays a leadership role in a global Southern-Northern coalition of civil society organizations called the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), which actively engages donor and host country governments on issues of New Deal implementation through the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. The CSPPS seeks to strengthen the voice and capacities of local civil society in fragile states to engage their governments effectively in development strategies that affect them and also supports strong civil society engagement at the global policy level. AfP coordinates daily with CSPPS colleagues overseas and also co-chairs the group’s Political Strategy Working Group as well as InterAction’s Conflict and Fragile States Working Group.
In addition to making development and peacebuilding strategies effective in fragile states, a major goal of the CSPPS is to push for a Post-Millennium Development Goals agenda in 2015 that addresses structural drivers of conflict such as governance, justice, and human security. A majority of the world’s poorest communities are now in conflict-affected states, where war reverses any prospects for development. Through the CSPPS, AfP lobbies UN bodies and Member States to support a Post-2015 agenda that takes aim at the drivers of conflict.
AfP is an official partner of the World Bank’s theHive, a knowledge platform on fragility, conflict, and violence. The peacebuilding community can communicate on these issues both online and face-to-face. The three main objectives of theHive are:
- Creating a worldwide community of practice on fragility, conflict, and violence;
- Sharing knowledge across contexts and disciplines to bridge divides and reduce isolation; and
- Connecting new knowledge and innovative approaches that can inform best-fit solutions.
The Learning Portal
AfP is partnering with Search for Common Ground, a long-time AfP member and core Peacebuilding Evaluation Project participant, in the Learning Portal, a field-wide initiative to provide a transparent and collaborative space for the sharing of:
- Evaluation reports and data,
- Methodologies and tools,
- Emerging practices, and
- Design, Monitoring & Evaluation events and opportunities
For more information about AfP’s evaluation work, visit the Peacebuilding Evaluation page.
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
AfP works in partnership with, and supports, the PCDN, a professional networking site with over 29,000 members worldwide. PCDN is designed to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship, and related fields.
The Peace Portal is an open source online platform developed by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Global Secretariat to provide a space for people working in and around conflict prevention and peacebuilding to engage with the GPPAC community. GPPAC developed this platform as a resource for the entire peacebuilding field with a wide range of functions to organize, communicate, and share information.