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Conciliation Resources exists to deal with challenge – to confront and address situations of crisis and violence, and to bring about changes in the contexts and policy domains in which we work. Above all we exist to work alongside courageous partners who seek to transform their societies and who demonstrate extraordinary resilience in working in often unforgiving and dangerous contexts.
In 2020, staff showed tenacity and creativity while sustaining connections with partners in fragile contexts. Partners continued to demonstrate the essence of peacebuilding spirit, asking what their communities need, adapting work to respond to the pandemic, and being prepared to reach across divides to deal with the causes and legacies of violence in order to envision new futures. Donors stuck with us, despite funding cuts which pose pressures to peacebuilding organisations but more critically exacerbate the risks to desperately exposed and vulnerable communities.
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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 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.