Alliance for Peacebuilding Policy and Advocacy Programs

"The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) aims to foster, understand, and ensure the systemic approach of peacebuilding and conflict resolution is integrated into the programs and policies of the U.S. government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private and corporate donors. AfP also strives to increase public awareness and promote social action by using media to effectively convey peacebuilding and conflict resolution messages. Lastly, AfP works to secure and advocate for increased resources for conflict resolution and peacebuilding." (From: http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/our-work/about-our-work/policy/) Current working groups include:

  • Conflict and Fragility This group meets regularly in Washington D.C. to discuss pressing issues of policy and practice for organizations working on development, peacebuilding, and statebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile states. 
  • Countering Violent Extremism "The working group works with all levels of US government, domestically and abroad, to develop durable solutions to violent extremism that use the enormous resources of the US government to address the underlying causes of extremism and build international peace." They also publish the CVE Digest-- a coompilation of recent statements, activities, and commentaries on CVE policy, highlighting particularly, the work of AfP members.
  • Women and Peacebuilding - "The Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group provides a space to engage with colleagues to collaborate and strengthen women peacebuilders, and advocate for the role of gender in peace." (http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/our-work/affinity-groups/women-a...)
  • Electoral Violence - "This Affinity Group is a space for those working on electoral violence to share information and best practices and develop collective strategy and advocacy. Most electoral projects are short term and only focus on the immediate election timeline and threats of violence in a particular country during this period. The Electoral Violence Affinity Group will focus on best practices and advocacy for the long-term prevention of electoral violence." (http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/our-work/affinity-groups/elector...)
  • Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium - "The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) aims to address the root causes of weak evaluation practices and disincentives for better learning by fostering field-wide change through three strategic and reinforcing initiatives:" (1) Developing Methodological Rigor  (2)Improving the Culture of Evaluation and Shared Learning and (3) Fostering the Use of Evidence to Inform Peacebuilding Policy. See the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium for details.
  • Human Security "The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) program on human security works to achieve a people-centered security strategy, which is a more successful, cost-effective, and sustainable national security strategy than traditional approaches. The program opens channels of communication between the Pentagon and local civil society organizations (CSOs) working to build human security from the ground up through conflict prevention and peacebuilding." (http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/human-security/) Lisa Schirch's Civil-Military Human Security Curriculum and handbook are available on this site.