Over two decades later, this principle is still at the very heart of our peacebuilding work. In our new timeline, we take you on a journey through the past 25 years, from the civil war in Sierra Leone and the birth of our Accord publication series, to the creation of a dynamic new network of women mediators.
From small beginnings, with two second-hand computers and a donated office space, we now have over 60 staff working with more than 70 partners in eight different regions of the world, helping people affected by conflict achieve lasting peace.
While our work, experience and influence has grown, our approach and ethos remains constant. Despite the often unpredictable nature of the contexts in which we work, our core values of collaboration, commitment, creativity and challenge are ever-present.
Building sustainable peace doesn’t happen overnight, which is why we are committed to working alongside our partners, for however long they need us. In the Caucasus, some of our partners have worked with us for over twenty years, with courage, dedication, and a conviction that lasting peace is possible. We think about our work in terms of years, not months, and this means we can develop relationships of trust. Where there is trust, it is easier for all sides to take cautious steps towards peace.
Over the next year we will be celebrating our anniversary through specific events and communications. However, we are not complacent. From 2020, we are embarking on delivery of a new Strategic Plan and we strive to continually learn from, and improve, the work we are doing ensuring that we and others are able to make peace possible for more people around the world.
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We are proud to have been working to build peace for over 25 years. The staunch conviction of our founders, Andy Carl and David Lord, was that people living in areas of violent conflict should be involved in its resolution. Over two decades later, this principle still forms the basis of our approach.
With our courageous partners, and the vital support of our donors, we are helping people living with conflict to reduce and prevent violence in their communities. And we are guiding countries that have suffered decades of war, on to the path to peace.
We challenge the status quo to find creative approaches to addressing violent conflict. We believe in working collaboratively, over the long-term. By working together, we can make peace possible.