With the number of violent conflicts increasing, there is a worldwide need to respond more effectively. Smart Peace was an innovative programme that combined the skills and knowledge of a broad consortium of organisations and built ‘live learning’ into peace practice. New approaches which merged peacebuilding with qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation and behavioural science, were trialled in northeast Nigeria, the Central African Republic and Myanmar.
This interactive resource tells the story of Smart Peace, highlights the outcomes of this work and shares the lessons that have come from this approach. It is hoped the learning will be taken forward and the methodology replicated in other conflict-affected contexts.
Smart Peace operated between 2018 and 2021 as an integrated peace programme by a diverse group of specialist organisations. The programme was led by Conciliation Resources, working in collaboration with local partners and other consortium members: Behavioural Insights Team, Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Chatham House, International Crisis Group and The Asia Foundation.
Some of the results Smart Peace achieved:
- 7,300 young people engaged with peacebuilding, including those in the Central African Republic, where a greater understanding of the reasons youth join armed groups was gained
- Supported 42 women’s groups to participate in peace processes, including targeted training for women leaders in northeast Nigeria
- Raised awareness among 452,000 people in the Central African Republic and Myanmar to counter misinformation and ensure more effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With the number of violent conflicts increasing, there is a worldwide need to respond more effectively. We are leading a global consortium to improve how to build peace in fragile and conflict-affected states.