In 2016, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years, and this number is on the rise. Too often the international response to armed conflict is short-term and reactive, focused on military or security responses rather than peacebuilding approaches. This can make it harder to find a political solution and prevent future conflict.
We work to ensure that multilateral and government policies are helpful in creating conditions for peace – within the regions where we work, as well as in the UK, EU and at the UN. There are no easy, quick or one-size-fits-all solutions. To be effective policies need to draw on practical experience and be tailored to context. Generating research and evidence, we improve how decision-makers and peacebuilders around the world are addressing conflict.