War shatters lives. It creates poverty and wastes billions every year. The people living in the midst of the violence often have the greatest insight into its causes. Yet they are often excluded from efforts to find a resolution.
Conciliation Resources is a peacebuilding NGO supporting people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions. We work with them to deepen our collective understanding of the conflict, bring together divided communities and create opportunities for them to resolve their differences peacefully.
Our programme work focuses on seven conflict-affected regions around the world and we take a further in-depth look at specific conflict contexts and peacebuilding themes through our Accord publication series. In addition, we work to improve global conflict policies, with a focus on the UK, EU and UN, and the regions in which we work.
We work with individuals, organisations and governments both in regions of conflict and globally to:
- Promote understanding of peaceful ways to resolve conflicts
People living with conflicts can benefit from seeing old problems from new perspectives and from opportunities to gain new ideas for their resolution. We work with our partners to produce films, write publications and articles, and organise awareness-raising and dialogue events. These challenge existing stereotypes and help both outsiders and those involved in the conflict to better understand the complexities of each situation and find new ways of looking at the conflicts.
- Create opportunities for dialogue between divided communities
There are often few opportunities for those on either side of a divide, or those from different regions affected by the same conflict, to come together and discuss their past, present and future. Creating space for contact and dialogue is essential in order to build peace. We connect different groups with each other and work to ensure peacebuilding activities include all sections of society. We also try and link dialogue that may occur informally at a local level with more official negotiation processes.
- Strengthen peacebuilding policies and practice
We share learning from our own experiences and from the experiences of our partners and local communities in conflict-affected regions, so that the peacebuilding policies, approaches and actions of governments and international organisations such as the UN become better informed and more effective.
- Support people to build peace
Collaborative partnerships are at the heart of the way we work. Our partners are exceptional people who have made difficult choices to challenge violence and work within their societies for a better future. We offer long-term and flexible support to help strengthen their efforts and tackle the underlying causes that fuel and prolong conflicts.
Read more about our work around the world.
Violent conflict remains one of the world's biggest challenges, causing physical destruction, death and mass displacement of civilians. Violence disrupts our ability to live as we wish, to work and to learn. It prevents people realising their rights to food, water and security. It impedes economic development, wrecks the environment and it ruins lives.
One-and-a-half billion people live in areas affected by fragility, conflict, or large-scale, organised criminal violence, and no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single United Nations Millennium Development Goal.
World Development Report 2011
Establishing a long-term, sustainable peace often requires a long process of supporting dialogue, repairing relationships, and addressing the underlying causes of conflict. Working with all those involved in and affected by a conflict is critical to bring about a lasting change.
The violation of human rights and civil liberties lies at the heart of many violent conflicts. Unmet social, political and economic needs may provoke opposition and civil unrest. Processes and institutions that promote people’s rights and address exclusion are an integral part of peacebuilding.
- Genuine partnerships
- Comparative learning and a tailored approach
- Engagement while not taking sides
Read about our core values
Making peace ultimately requires the firm commitment and extraordinary courage, on the part of all sides, to ensure a permanent end to violence. It also requires the determination and imagination of all parties to seek solutions, and build trust between communities who have been at loggerheads for decades.
Kofi Annan, October 2011. Speaking at the International Conference to promote resolution of the conflict in the Basque Country, which was co-sponsored by Conciliation Resources