Global Financial Integrity
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) is a Washington, DC-based think tank, producing high-caliber analyses of illicit financial flows (IFFs), advising developing country governments on effective policy solutions and promoting pragmatic transparency measures in the international financial system as a means to global development and security. Established in 2006, GFI is a recognized authority on financial crime and regularly produces impactful reports on these issues.
In particular, GFI conducts research and provides advisory services to governments regarding trade misinvoicing, a type of IFF, which is estimated to cost developing countries $200 billion a year in lost tax and profit revenues. GFI has developed an online tool called GFTrade which can be used to assist customs officials in uncovering instances of trade misinvoicing and trade-based money laundering in real-time by comparing prices across global trade information to identify invoice anomalies and potential criminal activity.
GFI also advocates for greater transparency in the international financial system. Our research has shown that on a state by state basis, more information is required in order to register for a library card than is necessary to register a company in the United States. A member of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, GFI argues for the prohibition of anonymous shell companies as vehicles for illicit activity, the full enforcement of anti-money laundering laws and for greater tax transparency from multinational corporations. GFI is also a member of the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC), working on increasing transparency in the international financial system by advocating for country-by-country reporting, beneficial ownership regulation and automatic exchange of information across countries.
Cure Violence is a teaching, training, research and assessment NGO focused on a health approach to violence prevention. The Cure Violence health model is used by more than 100 communities, primarily in the U.S., as well as in countries ranging from El Salvador to South Africa to Syria. Cities and organizations implementing the Cure Violence health model regularly experience reductions in violence within the first year ranging from 40-70% and greater reductions in subsequent years. We provide cities and organizations with the training and technical assistance to effectively implement the Cure Violence model, as well as specialized trainings for . We are currently focusing our efforts on three parts of the world: the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa.
Cure Violence is also leading a movement to treat violence as a health problem. We intend to fundamentally change the discourse on and approach to violence from the prevailing paradigm that understands violence as moral corruption or human failing that applies punitive strategies to address the issue, to one that includes an understanding and addressing of violence as a health problem – a contagious epidemic. To do so successfully, we are activating voices and resources throughout our comprehensive health system and establishing violence prevention as a health sector responsibility and imperative.
Cure Violence was founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit. Cure Violence launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year. From 2000-2008, Cure Violence focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, and other sites. In 2008, Cure Violence began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq. Since then, international programs have been implemented in 16 countries. Several Cure Violence program sites have been externally evaluated, demonstrating strong results in multiple sites. In June 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. referenced Cure Violence as a “rational, data-driven, evidence-based, and smart approach to crime.” The Economist termed the Cure Violence method “the approach that will come to prominence.”
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, and to teach, research, train and help formulate policy on these critical issues. TraCCC is a research center within the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
TraCCC accomplishes its mission through international research partnerships engaging in fundamental and applied research projects. Our research addresses such diverse concerns as national security, economic development and human rights. TraCCC’s research is disseminated to the public through conferences, TraCCC’s book series, other publications, and TraCCC’s and its affiliated institutions’ websites. Workshops, public lectures, and scholarly exchanges and joint research partnerships are core TraCCC activities.
Research topics in which TraCCC and its overseas partners are actively engaged include human smuggling and trafficking; nuclear proliferation issues; the links between crime and terrorism; money laundering and other financial crimes; the impact of organized crime and terrorism on legitimate business; and environmental crimes. TraCCC hosts visiting scholars and international leaders on these issues through programs such as Fulbright, IREX and the Open World Leadership Program throughout the year.
Since its establishment in 1998, TraCCC has undertaken much of its research, training and policy-building projects in the Soviet successor states and Turkey. TraCCC has hosted and worked with specialists from Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent, mitigate and end wars and shape policies around the world more likely to buttress peace. Our expert analysts engage directly with all parties to a conflict as they conduct research on the ground, share multiple perspectives and propose practical policy solutions. Our vision is a world in which deadly conflict is better understood, prevented, mitigated and resolved. We analyse wars and peace processes at the global, regional and local levels.
Crisis Group’s written outputs inform decision making and shape the public debate on how to limit threats to peace and security. We work with heads of government, policymakers, media, civil society, and conflict actors themselves to sound the alarm of impending conflict and to open paths to peace. The pillars of lasting peace, we believe, include broad engagement, dialogue and negotiation; more inclusive politics; the better provision of basic public goods and services; and, at the heart of this, institutions that uphold human rights and the rule of law.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. The work of UNODC is organized around three pillars: research and analysis to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions; field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract these phenomena; and normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties as well as the development of domestic legislation. UNODC is also guardian to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its three Protocols against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms.
Under the campaign, UNODC would like to highlight two projects to raise awareness and enhance education on this topic, as well as promote information-sharing across borders: the SHERLOC Knowledge Management Portal and the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. Under the E4J, UNODC developed a series of freely accessible Modules on Organized Crime to support academics and trainers in their teaching as well as facilitate understanding of this phenomenon, its implications and the tools at our disposal. UNODC embarked on this journey with the deep-rooted conviction that educating the next generation must be part of any effective crime prevention strategy, particularly when dealing with a crime that often insinuates the culture of populations around the world. The E4J Modules represent a valuable tool in this regard, as they are based on a multidisciplinary approach, connect theory to practice, encourage critical thinking and are adaptable to various levels of learning. UNODC is currently working to tailor their content to different regional context, such as Latin America, Francophone Africa and the Pacific. The SHERLOC Knowledge Management Portal is a unique one-stop shop to access legal resources on 15 crime types relating to different forms of organized crime – and terrorism. The SHERLOC Portal is freely accessible and currently hosts six databases: the Legislation Database, the Caselaw Database, the Bibliographic Database, the Strategies Database, the Treaties Database and the Legislative Guide to UNTOC. It is a tool developed by practitioners for practitioners and constantly updated by UNODC. We strive to keep our databases up-to-date and are always on the lookout for new legislation or case law. If you are interested in joining our team of contributors, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Viva Rio was born in 1993 following two episodes of extreme police brutality against homeless and vulnerable people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The institution has been promoting peace, freedom, inclusion and respect for the last 25 years with several projects in Health, Education, Environment and Human Security. What began as a civil movement has become a social enterprise, diversifying actions but keeping peacebuilding as its core goal.
Viva Rio seeks to influence political and administrative structures to ensure human rights and foster a culture of peace. Over the years, we have been demanding solutions, producing extensive material with insights and technical analyses and supporting the development of alternatives for a more humane security policy. Viva Rio has a network of direct connections with community leaders living in violent areas of Rio de Janeiro and also in Haiti, where the institution plays an important role in peacekeeping since it was invited by the United Nations back in 2004. Experience has taught Viva Rio how to earn trust, solve conflicts through dialogue and make joy a powerful weapon. From Haiti to Rio´s favelas, its actions are guided by respect and responsibility towards the people.
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Geneva, The Global Initiative comprises a network of nearly 300 independent global and regional experts working on human rights, democracy, governance, and development issues where organized crime has become increasingly pertinent. The Global Initiative provides a platform to promote greater debate and innovative approaches as the building blocks to an inclusive global strategy against organized crime. It commissions and shares research globally; curates a robust resource library of 2,000 reports and tools specific to organized crime; and uses its tremendous convening power to unite both the private and public sectors against organized crime.
Through a range of channels, the Global Initiative seeks to project the expertise of its Network members outwards and to make it available to a broader range of stakeholders, including through developing the evidence basis for policy-making; convening and facilitating multi-sectoral dialogue; and developing tools and programmes necessary to further the development of effective responses.
Equal Access International
Based in Washington, DC with over 200 staff in 12 countries around the world, Equal Access International (EAI) has become a leading implementer of innovative media, community mobilization, and behavior change projects in conflict-affected regions such as Afghanistan-Pakistan, Northern Nigeria, the Sahel, East Africa, and southern Philippines. EAI seeks to inform, educate, and inspire individuals and communities, providing them with the assets, agency, and opportunities to empower themselves and create second order change in their communities. In recent years, EAI has conducted research on Empowerment and Radicalization in the Lake Chad Basin and implemented youth-focused and research-informed P/CVE programs in over 10 countries.
In line with EAI’s community-driven approach, all of our P/CVE programming begins with formative research, employing appreciate inquiry and adaptive learning tools, to assess the context and inform the design of our programs and media content. Through the creation of locally branded alternative messaging hubs (such as Farar Tattabara in Northern Nigeria), engagement with youth leaders through Tech Camps and peace promotion fellowships, and convening of key influencers, our P/CVE programming seeks to provide alternative narratives and pathways for communities affected by violent extremism. EAI has a deep understanding of pathways to radicalization towards violent extremism and network structures which enhances the impact of our work. EAI’s asset-based approach provides communities with the knowledge, skills, and sense of empowerment to create positive, sustainable futures for themselves.
Management Systems International (MSI)
For nearly a decade, MSI has been a recognized thought leader on countering violent extremism (CVE), and has undertaken CVE and/or CVE-relevant analytics, monitoring and evaluation, and programming for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, INGOs, the U.S Department of State and USAID. VE analytics have been carried out in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and we have implemented CVE and CVE-relevant projects in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mali, Syria, Lebanon and Morocco.
Saferworld is an independent international organization, working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. The organization works in East Africa, Central Asia, South and South East Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa with governments, UN agencies, donors, companies, civil society organizations and communities to help ensure their projects or investments do not create instability or make existing tensions worse and where possible contribute to long-term peace and development. Using experience built over nearly three decades of policy and program work in conflict-affected contexts, and drawing on its conflict analysis methodologies and gender sensitivity toolkit, Saferworld provides strategic and operational advice to governments through the provision of expert helpdesks and resource facilities on conflict and gender sensitivity. The organization trains government officials, company representatives, development agencies, international charities, other civil society organizations and community members in the practical application of conflict-sensitive and gender-sensitive principles and approaches to programs and policies. Saferworld and its partners apply these principles in their country programs and they prioritize cross-organizational learning from their work on conflict and gender sensitivity.
Saferworld promotes a fresh approach that prioritizes long-term peace, rights and development – addressing the underlying drivers of conflict while taking proportionate and appropriate steps to keep people safe from violence. The organization researches the impact of counter-terror and stabilization efforts in countries like Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia, Tunisia and Yemen. Using this evidence, it tries to help decision makers learn from past mistakes and adopt strategies for peace that support societies to tackle the factors that drive conflict. Saferworld believes that only peacebuilding responses can offer lasting solutions.
Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations.
During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the UAE offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012 Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Hedayah aims to be the premier international center for expertise and experience to counter violent extremism by promoting understanding and sharing good practice to effectively serves as the true global center to counter violent extremism.
Development Alternatives International (DAI)
We design, test, and adapt countering violent extremism (CVE) tools to reach vulnerable communities and counter the local and international push and pull factors driving extremism. Our work, ranging from alternative digital messaging to empowering community-led CVE interventions, seeks to avert and address extremist rhetoric and activities across the ideological spectrum. Mitigating the threat from—and strengthening resilience to—violent extremism is a multifaceted commitment that requires all the tools at our disposal: diplomatic, development, data, and defense. Well-versed in operating alongside complementary diplomatic and defense initiatives, DAI addresses violent extremism on multiple fronts, bringing to this task our full suite of expertise in good governance, job creation, community development, post-conflict stabilization, rule of law, citizen security, public financial management, trade and customs, and social development. Our integrated approach builds the capacity of national governments, civil society, the private sector, and communities to become full partners with international actors in combating extremist ideologies.
DAI’s CVE work is led by its Center for Secure and Stable States. Based at our U.S. headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland—but spanning the globe in terms of clients, operations, research, and learning—the Center integrates DAI’s technical and operational experience in designing, delivering, and monitoring projects in fragile states. We invite you to stay current on the Center’s interests and current research through its blog, Checkpoint—where development and national security intersect.
Moonshot CVE is a social enterprise that specializes in countering violent extremism. The organization uses proprietary technology and methodologies to reach vulnerable people and offer them tailored support. This is done both online and on the ground, primarily through messaging campaigns, direct interventions and capacity building. Moonshot CVE currently operates in over 28 countries in partnership with governments, technology companies and NGOs.
As part of our commitment to use our software for social good, the organization also works to counter other global issues, including disinformation, human trafficking, irregular migration and gender-based violence. The diversity and depth of the team’s expertise, coupled with the flexibility of our technology, allows us adapt and respond quickly both to changes in the digital landscape and emerging global threats. Moonshot CVE is based in London.
Founded in 1975, Chemonics is one of the world’s leading international development consulting firms. Learning from its multisectoral global network, the organization works to promote tolerance and reduce vulnerability to violent conflict and disasters by implementing results-driven programs that draw from its extensive expertise in stabilization, disaster assistance, countering violent extremism, peacebuilding and reconciliation, and youth violence prevention. Chemonics’ CVE programs are informed by more than 40 years of experience in related sectors such as governance, rule of law, community engagement, economic growth, and community development — particularly those implemented in fragile and conflict-affected states that are often the breeding grounds for extremism. Chemonics designs its CVE programs to establish peaceful avenues for dissent as well as empower youth and marginalized populations. Its programs equip at-risk groups with tools, skills, and confidence to engage with their communities and resist the influence of violent extremist organizations. Chemonics supports reconciliation efforts in communities where violent extremist organizations historically capitalize on conflict, and works hand-in-hand with local and national governments to devise strategies to prevent violent extremism, bringing together traditional leaders, government actors, and community influencers to develop locally resonant messaging.
Complementing their CVE programs, Chemonics’ Center for Applied Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE Center) identifies successful trends, tools, and methodologies for countering and preventing violent extremism. Drawing upon the organization’s extensive multisectoral experience and research, the CVE Center develops innovative and evidence-based approaches that can be applied to current or future programming in areas impacted by violent extremism. Findings are disseminated broadly to policymakers, development practitioners and the donor community to promote more effective interventions that seek to address one of today’s biggest threats to security and stability. Supplementing its experience, the CVE Center leverages the latest knowledge from the development community and best practices from a variety of sectors to strengthen implementation of CVE programming that effectively targets the complex sociopolitical and economic factors underlying violent extremism.
The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague (ICCT)
The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent knowledge center providing research, evidence–based policy advice and practical, solution-orientated implementation support to matters related to counterterrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE) with a special focus on prevention and the rule of law.
ICCT’s CVE work focuses on the early identification of threats, and analyses the effectiveness of measures available to respond to these threats. In addition to carrying research, ICCT provides technical assistance through tailor made workshops focusing on different aspects of CVE ranging from civil society engagement to education reform to the reintegration and rehabilitation of former violent extremist offenders (VEOs). In Indonesia, ICCT’s CVE work on the project ‘Victims Voices’ has led to the institutionalization of Alliance for a Peaceful Indonesia (AIDA), an Indonesian-run foundation that implements country-wide activities from South Jakarta. With ICCT’s support, AIDA has succeeded in empowering victims in Indonesia to build their capacity to counter violent extremism by spearheading a campaign to improve the implementation of heretofore non-existent rights of victims of terrorism to medical and psychological support. In the Philippines and Mali, ICCT’s ‘Rehabilitation and Reintegration of VEOs’ project trained 192 practitioners and policy makers in specialized prison intake and risk assessment tools. This work created evidence based recommendations for programming, and informed policy makers of trends and topics that need to be monitored closely.
Mercy Corps has led programming and research relevant to countering violent extremism (CVE) in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. The organization’s CVE programs ensure credible local actors and organizations take the lead; conduct highly localized context analysis; design holistic approaches to prevent not only violent extremism, but also other forms of violence; and employ rigorous measurement tools to build the CVE evidence base.
Mercy Corps has developed innovative measurement tools and methods to design and target CVE interventions more effectively. On the USAID Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment Initiative to Counter Violent Extremism in Niger and Burkina Faso (2016-18), the organization tested and refined a set of six data collection tools to assess violent extremism vulnerability and resiliency at the community level, accompanied by a set of 23 village-level vulnerability and risk factors to help practitioners prioritize intervention areas. Mercy Corps’ monitoring and evaluation projects in Jordan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Afghanistan have led complex survey design and implementation, frequently part of experimental and quasi-experimental methods around sensitive violent extremism topics, such as participation in political violence and support for armed opposition groups.
Mercy Without Limits
An emergency response, is a humanitarian response to an unexpected and unfortunate situation. At Mercy Without Limits we know the detrimental effect emergency circumstances have on the lives of young children, women, men, and elderly. When emergency strikes, Mercy Without Limits is dedicated to responding quickly and efficiently to providing support to impacted communities and its residents. Our emergency response team brings restoration and hope to those affected by providing them with food, clean water, shelter, and other living essentials.
Internationally, MWL has provided emergency supplies to orphans, widows, and refugees from Myanmar, the occupied territory of Gaza, Mosul, Iraq, and other disaster areas.
Domestically, our team is ready to provide emergency relief where and when needed. In the past, we have facilitated access to emergency supplies in areas suffering from the water crisis such as Flint, Michigan and Garland, Texas. Likewise, we worked with local communities to provide supplies and services to communities affected by Hurricane destruction.
As an organization, our goal is to empower children, women, and communities to build resiliency and thrive in the face of unfortunate circumstances. We have hope that with the dedication of our supporters, there will be better days for every vulnerable person around the world.
ShelterBox is a disaster relief charity specializing in providing emergency shelter for vulnerable families who have lost everything during natural disasters and conflicts. Among the specially-sourced equipment packed into its distinctive green boxes are tents tested in extreme weather, solar lighting for when power is down, water filtration to combat disease, and items to keep families warm and able to cook and eat together. The charity also distributes kits containing tools and tarpaulins to help repair damaged properties, clear ground, and to waterproof roofs. ShelterBox relies on generous supporters to fund its work, and on volunteers to deliver its aid and its fundraising events program. The UK based charity with its headquarters in Cornwall has 17 overseas affiliates, and is the official project partner in disaster relief of Rotary International.
FrontView is a consulting firm, specializing in humanitarian crises, armed conflicts, natural disasters and other complex crises. Their expertise includes: assessing humanitarian needs and projects, leading research programs, implementing dedicated monitoring exercises, conducting external financial, logistic and organizational audit, and providing organizational support. The firm provides consulting services for public institutions, NGOs and international organizations via qualitative and quantitative surveys, analysis notes, plans of action and project management support. The team is composed of committed operations specialists with experience in disaster, conflict response and recovery.
International Alert is one of the world’s leading organizations working on peace and conflict, with nearly 30 years of experience in supporting community resilience and helping people find non-violent solutions to conflict and tensions. Alert works with people around the world to help them build peace, and they advise governments, organizations and companies on how to support peace. The organization offers a comprehensive set of services to help development and humanitarian organizations operate in a conflict-sensitive way. The central aim is to reduce their unintended negative impacts and support peace in different parts of the world.
Risks associated with this intervention will be managed through Alert’s Conflict Sensitivity approach including by taking an adaptive, conservative and multi-stakeholder approach throughout project implementation going beyond the principle of Do No Harm. Alert is a global leader on conflict sensitive programming, with considerable in-house expertise, strong internal programs and practices, and external reputation as a leader in this field. In 2004, Alert published ‘Building Institutional Capacity for Conflict Sensitive Practice: The Case of International NGOs’ and collaborated with partner organizations to produce a conflict sensitivity resource pack. As a leading member of the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium and a co-creator of the ‘How to Guide to Conflict Sensitivity’(2012), Alert takes its role as a peacebuilding organization seriously including how it manages risks to stakeholders, security of staff and the risks that could jeopardize success of a project and the peace and security of communities.
Alert has built a strong portfolio of experience in supporting international organizations in the integration of conflict sensitive approaches. This includes training staff from the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the African Union (AU) on conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity. Alert has advised the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and various UN agencies and programs on how to improve the conflict-sensitivity of their policies, strategies and operations. Alert has also helped the US Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID and the Dutch government to integrate conflict sensitivity into their policy and practices both globally and in countries where they operate.
Alert also works with the private sector to assist businesses to operate in high-risk environments in ways that support creating peaceful, stable environments. This includes advising companies on due diligence and grievance mechanisms specifically in relation to doing business in fragile and conflict affected contexts. Alert will shortly publish an updated version of its flagship ‘Conflict sensitive business practice: Guidance for extractive industries’(CSBP2.0). The latest edition builds on over 12 years working with businesses to adopt and integrate conflict sensitivity into business practices and address contemporary challenges faced by business and communities in fragile states.
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)/Danish Demining Group (DDG)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home. DRC is committed to ensuring that all its programming is conflict sensitive and where possible contribute to preventing and reducing armed violence. We see conflict analysis as an essential starting point for our programming and advocacy engagement in conflict affected and fragile contexts.
The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC, which focuses on enhancing the safety of communities through mine action, conflict management and participatory security governance interventions. DRC and DDG work with conflict and displacement affected communities to find integrated solutions and ensure their rights.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC was founded in 1933 in the United States to respond to the needs of people vulnerable to conflict around the world. Since then, it has expanded and evolved to become one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations.
IRC provides vital aid that makes an immediate difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. We also provide economic support, education and skills training that help refugees and other conflict-affected people to not just survive but to recover and thrive. And we work to unite refugees, displaced people, and their host communities so both may prosper. Our interventions include health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, protection, governance, and rights, women’s empowerment, and child protection, especially for girls. We are committed to innovative, evidence-based programming, seeking creative solutions to complex problems. IRC also has a strong commitment to increasing the knowledge base for humanitarian practice and advocating for real change in the international humanitarian system.
IRC will not exit a crisis until the conflict is over, there is sustained improvement in outcomes and a functioning civil society in place. Consequently, IRC works in many protracted and forgotten crises, from South Sudan to the Central African Republic. Finally IRC is committed to locally-led responses for small-to-medium scale emergencies.
World Vision International
World Vision’s new global strategy focuses on expanding its footprint in conflict-affected and fragile contexts to reach the most vulnerable children and their communities. Working in these contexts, however, will imply an increase in conflict-sensitive approaches to programming and more intentionality in seeking local capacities for peace.
Conflict sensitivity is not new to World Vision; since the inception of the Do No Harm concept the organization has been using micro- and macro-level context analysis tools. The tools World Vision has been known to use for both macro and micro context analyses were the MSTC  and IPACS . In 2014, World Vision created a tool called the Good Enough Context Analysis tool for Rapid Response (GECARR) as a “good enough” alternative to other more in-depth macro-analysis processes.
The GECARR was designed to be used 1) in anticipating of an imminent humanitarian emergency, 2) to understand a new operational context, where WV is planning to operate. The GECARR produces a snapshot of the current situation by drawing together the views of a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including local communities and beneficiaries. The tool identifies plausible future scenarios and generates actionable and practical recommendations for INGOs involved in humanitarian responses. Since 2014, GECARR analyses have been conducted in: Central African Republic, Syria, Jordan, Kurdish Region of Iraq, Sierra Leone/Senegal, Burundi, DRC, Mali, Kenya, Niger, the Philippines, and Bangladesh.
World Vision has also adapted a community and district level tool, Integrating Peacebuilding and Conflict-Sensitivity (IPACS), for humanitarian responses. All of World Vision’s tools are used both in single or inter-agency formats and are available to external users. Contact Maya_Assaf@wvi.org for more information. http://www.wvi.org/making-sense-turbulent-contexts/publication/what-mstc
Green String Network
The Green String Network (GSN) is a not-for-profit organization based in Kenya which brings together professionals and experts in the field of peacebuilding, trauma-informed healing and sustainable economic development. We have over 40 years of collective experience working in Africa. We are a network of likeminded individuals and organizations who work on conflict transformation, countering violent extremism and social healing. Our initiatives are driven by local partners who we support with technical expertise. At GSN, we believe there is a direct link between levels of trauma in vulnerable communities and the challenges faced with justice, reconciliation, security and overall social wellbeing. Over the past years, we have seen applications of trauma healing practices positively affect communities in some of the most fragile areas of this world. Violence begins with a thought, yet few interventions focus on the mental wellbeing of at-risk communities. GSN concentrates on trauma as a root cause of instability and we use trauma-informed approaches for peacebuilding and conflict transformation work. Currently GSN is working with youth and women volunteers on the Kenyan coast, the Kenyan police and with a local Somalia partner working with both disengaged combatants and Somali communities.
Peace Action Society Organization for Somalia (PASOS)
Peace Action Society Organization for Somalia (PASOS) is a professionally managed and committed national non-governmental and non-profit-making organization, founded by civil society groups on 1st January 1997 in Mogadishu, Somalia. Their work includes reintegrating Somali Youth returnees and IDPs, as well as working with host communities to promote livelihoods and reduce dependency on humanitarian assistance. PASOS also conducts peacebuilding workshops with youth and communities on trauma and conflict resolution.
Global Scribes – Youth Uniting Nations
Global Scribes Inc is a global youth driven non-profit education initiative with a truly monumental objective- to contribute to world peace. In the interest of making the world of tomorrow a safer place for the youth of today, Global Scribes facilitates healthy, culturally-enriching relationships within an environment free from politics, religion, and socio-demographic segregation. We focus on global journeys through the written word, visual & audio arts, dynamic interaction, and consistent interplay across multiple virtual platforms–Fun, Education, Focused Passion and Play Intertwined. For Youth, By Youth–working together to build a world of friendship where solid global foundations can thrive. Then, indeed 1) we might enjoy a more peaceful world and 2) with hands held, the harder issues of our world might be addressed. Our world needs more than a bandaid.
Making Cents International
Making Cents International is a woman-owned small business based in Washington, DC, working to advance the social and economic well-being of youth and adults around the world. Since 1999, we have implemented more than 130 projects in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Making Cents promotes positive youth development by providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their potential. Our USAID-funded YouthPower Learning project (2015-2020) supports the implementation of USAID’s Youth in Development Policy through research and evaluations of cross-sectoral positive youth development programming. As part of this effort, we manage a Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice, which is expanding the evidence base to demonstrate the complementary nature of positive youth development and peacebuilding efforts and is disseminating actionable learning for implementers and policy makers to incorporate positive youth development into their programs targeting violence or conflict-affected youth populations.
Making Cents works in fragile and conflict-affected states to accelerate and sustain the economic recovery of individuals and communities affected by and vulnerable to conflict. We believe that understanding local context, tailoring programs, and building local capacity are critical to increasing community resilience in the wake of violent conflict. To that end, we work with a range of key local stakeholders – NGOs, community-based organizations, business service providers, youth and women groups, and government agencies – to build their capacity to design and deliver immediately relevant and inclusive initiatives that help reverse the negative economic and social consequences of conflict. We are currently supporting USAID’s efforts in Syria under the Syria Essential Services II project by building the organizational capacity of a local implementing partner working to assist emerging Syrian local governance structures in their rebuilding efforts.
For 25 years, Peace First has worked to help young people around the world change their communities through peacemaking. After two decades of school-based work, Peace First launched its digital platform in 2016: a global community of youth peacemakers where young people (ages 13-24) around the world can access project planning tools, adult mentors, and startup grants of up to $250 for community peacemaking projects. After a successful national campaign, the Peace First Challenge, which saw young people completed peacemaking projects that impacted tens of thousands of people in their communities, Peace First launched the newest version of their platform on September 21, International Day of Peace.
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories. In countries scarred by conflict, FHI 360 helps governments, local organizations, and leaders develop the skills, expertise, and resources they need to build peace and foster stability. Our peacebuilding activities prevent and reduce violent conflict through locally owned, effective, and sustainable solutions. These solutions leverage the inherent resiliency of communities and people and strengthen communities’ capacities for peace. Highlights of some relevant programs and approaches include:
Countering Violent Extremism: For the last eight years, FHI 360 has been working with civil society actors on the frontlines of efforts to better understand, prevent, and counter violent extremism (VE) in their countries and communities. The starting point of our approach has always been to engage young people and their communities, including civil society organizations, local officials, and citizens, to identify and create their own constructive measures to mitigate local VE drivers and strengthen resilience to the pull of VE.
- Through the USAID Countering Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa (CoVE-MENA) project (2014–2019) FHI 360 supports the USAID Middle East Bureau’s ability to understand and address democracy and governance issues related to violent extremism by offering context-driven programmatic, research, knowledge generation, and training support. Through pilot activities in Tunisia and other countries in the Maghreb and Sahel regions, FHI 360 develops the capacity of civil society organizations implementing locally owned strategies to counter violent conflict and extremism.
Youth Development and Engagement: By helping youth reach their full potential, we lay a solid foundation for our future. FHI 360 uses many related approaches to create the conditions that enable young people to actively contribute to their communities. Our programs, which are often developed in collaboration with youth, equip young people with tools to help them become productive and empowered citizens. We combine the people, places, support, opportunities and services that engage youth in ways that will increase their likelihood of being happy, healthy and successful.
- FHI 360 implements USAID’s YouthPower Action project (2015-2020), supporting and advancing the implementation of USAID’s Youth in Development Policy through technical assistance in cross-sectoral, positive youth development programming to USAID Missions and units. Among many other activities, the project carried out research that identified the key soft skills needed to prevent violent behaviors.
Strengthening Civil Society: FHI 360 implements USAID’s Strengthening Civil Society Globally (SCS Global) Leader with Associates Award (2016-2021) for democracy, rights and governance (DRG), media and integrated programming across the globe. SCS Global offers USAID Missions and Operating Units a flexible, worldwide platform for designing and implementing projects to: galvanize citizen participation; foster a positive shift in government responsiveness to citizen demands; improve the freedom of information; and integrate principles of participation, inclusion, transparency and accountability into all development sectors.
Peace News Network
Peace News Network aims to present the other side of war reporting – stories from conflict zones we often don’t hear in mainstream media. Our stories are about people taking risks for peace, and they provide a balance to an often sensationally-driven international news. We bring you news from war zones that hopefully go some way towards building trust and reconciliation.
One of our core themes is Youth and Peacebuilding, where we focus on the incredible efforts young people are making in the field. From young artists changing the violent narrative of their Baghdad neighborhood, to young leaders pioneering initiatives in conflict zones, we have been fortunate enough to witness the inspirational power of youth-driven peacebuilding all over the world. Many of our journalists also are young media professionals in war zones who are committed to reporting positive news, and stories of hope, from their country.
Founded by Dr Babak Bahador, and launched in 2015, Peace News Network is a non-partisan, independent, news agency. We are based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Washington D.C., USA, and Kate Roff is the founding, and current, editor.
For more information, and stories about Youth and Peacebuilding, check out Peace News Network.
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute based in Bern, Switzerland, that aims to contribute to conflict prevention and conflict transformation. Swisspeace is structured into six thematic programs: Mediation, Dealing with the Past, Statehood, Business & Peace, Policy & Platform, and Analysis & Impact, with two transversal topics: gender and conflict sensitivity.
swisspeace’s extensive expertise on conflict sensitivity encompasses 15 years of conflict sensitivity tool development, application support, capacity building and policy discussions in diverse contexts. We conduct conflict sensitivity assessments and offer tailor-made strategy support for Swiss and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as business actors in numerous countries. Ongoing conflict sensitivity-related activities include:
– Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) in South Sudan: in a Saferworld-led consortium, swisspeace together with CDA Collaborative Learning implements this project that provides advice, research, and training on conflict sensitivity for donor organisations in South Sudan. https://www.csrf-southsudan.org/
– Support to the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC) cooperation offices in applying conflict-sensitive programme management in the West African and Great Lakes regions.
– Further developing e-learning solutions to capacity building, such as the online courses for the UN system and the conflict sensitivity e-learning course co-developed by swisspeace and a Swiss consortium of organisations.
– Support to the Inter-American Development Bank in applying a specific fragility lens to its water operations in Haiti.
– Active engagement in the establishment of the Conflict Sensitivity Community (CSC) Hub founded at the International Expert Retreat on Conflict Sensitivity (Sept/Oct 2014). Swisspeace hosted the hub initially as a co-leader, and later as leader until January 2017. As a collaborative product of the hub members, swisspeace published the Working Paper Conflict Sensitivity: Taking it to the Next Level in 2016.
– Advising SIDA and Swedish embassies on applying conflict sensitivity in their programmes in the framework of the Saferworld-led consortium implementing the “SIDA human security helpdesk”.
House of Peace (HOPe)
House of Peace (HOPe) is a peace-building project that aims to enhance social peace within Syrian society. This is done by providing social peace building workshops to local and humanitarian (i.e. NGO) communities that allow participants to complete a context and conflict analysis, and for NGO participants, a conflict sensitivity analysis of their community. Participants are able to develop new understandings of their realities and are inspired to take actions towards positive changes and behaviors that foster social peace. HOPe also supports community based social peace initiatives that participants design and implement.
At the moment, the HOPe team works in Syria and Lebanon as it is one of the major hosting countries for Syrian refugees (around 1 million). In Syria the team works mainly with humanitarian NGOs that are attempting to implement projects in a conflict sensitive manner. On the other hand, Lebanon has not developed a system to integrate Syrian refugees, which is causing conflict between refugee and host communities. Thus the team enters into high conflict areas and provides social peace building workshops to both refugee and host communities, and local NGOs working with the Syrian crisis.
Finally, HOPe provides a platform for peace. This is done by collecting key issues from Syrians in the field concerning social peace and is presented in roundtables to come up with recommendations, possible actions, and note best practices. HOPe also publishes a research series, formally known as Syrian Voices paper, to raise Syrian perspectives on social peace issues.
Peaceful Change initiative (PCi)
The Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) works with communities in fragile and conflict-affected areas to prevent or resolve violent conflict. PCi aims to mitigate the effects of violence on people’s lives, while laying the foundations for long-term peace and stability. They do this by providing individuals and groups with the skills and space to strengthen their capacity to manage change and conflict through inclusion, dialogue and collaboration. By doing so, they support increased resilience, social cohesion, security, and sense of safety. PCi’s long-term goal is to help communities improve their capacity to manage conflict without resorting to violence.
Conflict sensitivity is at the heart of their work, and they are committed to incorporating it in all stages of programming, from project design and partnership building to conflict analysis and learning. In the areas in which they work, they seek to engage with the international community to improve understanding of how external assistance in fragile contexts can positively or negatively influence local conflict dynamics.
PCi’s Conflict Sensitive Assistance in Libya Forum is an example of such efforts: by bringing together representatives of diplomatic missions and international NGOs working in Libya, the Forum provides participants with updated conflict analysis and helps international actors constructively engage with local communities, with a view to improving international capacity to actively contribute to preventing or resolving conflict. Through a peer review process, participants examine the programmes of international organisations on issues such as migration and local governance, assessing them through a conflict sensitivity lens.
For more information on PCi and their work, please visit www.peacefulchange.org.
World Vision International
Conflict and violence affect an increasing number of the world’s most vulnerable children. As one of the world’s largest child-focused organisations, World Vision has a number of tools to help us better understand fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Context analysis helps anticipate the interaction between programming and the context dynamics, and work to ensure positive impact and actions while minimising negative impact, both on identified needs and with the community.
World Vision uses three principal context analysis tools to enable conflict-sensitive aid:
MSTC (Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts): MSTC provides a macro-level analysis of a national or sub-regional context and generates recommendations for aid actors, through a participatory 4-day workshop. MSTC workshops bring together a diverse range of local participants for this exercise to create a shared understanding of the context. It is used by international NGOs and engages national civil society groups.
GECARR (Good Enough Context Analysis for Rapid Response): GECARR provides a rapid snapshot through participatory macro–level analysis during or in anticipation of crisis. GECARR can be used flexibly by multiple aid organisations. GECARR is designed to generate immediately relevant operational recommendations.
IPACS (Integrating Peacebuilding & Conflict Sensitivity): IPACS provides a community-level analysis of a context, with a specific focus on how projects and programmes interact with local tensions. Based on ‘Do No Harm’ and integration of peacebuilding, IPACS is a local-level participatory process that generates recommendations for how a project can minimise negative and maximise positive impacts. A published IPACS variant – “Emergency Response” – allows aid workers to apply Do No Harm principles in humanitarian contexts.
Gender-based violence prevention and response are critical to the USAID mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient societies, and it is required by the internal policy. Reducing GBV is one of the three overarching goals of the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. In 2012, the United States Department of State and USAID released the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. The USAID implementation plan of this Strategy emphasized the integration of GBV prevention and response efforts into all sectoral work.
This strategy was accompanied by an Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally that established, among other things, an Interagency Working Group to address GBV chaired by the Department of State and USAID. USAID has reinvigorated attention to gender equality, including GBV, through several policies. The strategy was updated in 2016, with results from an evaluation of how USAID implemented the changes from the last three years.
To learn more about USAID’s GBV work, please click here.
Plan International USA
Working under the premise that gender equality and female empowerment are core to development objectives, fundamental for the realization of human rights, and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes, Plan International USA strives to design programs with a gender lens that is based on the knowledge that adolescent girls and women play critical roles as effective peace advocates, community leaders, and champions of civil and human rights.
Plan’s commitment to the full participation of males and females in their societies involves integrating gender equality and female empowerment into all of our programs, advocacy campaigns, and institutional policies and practices. Our gender lens makes our programming more effective.
Through programs such as the USAID-funded Protecting Human Rights program, Plan has tackled some of the root causes of violence, worked towards creating non-violent environments, and increases access to legal protection for survivors of gender-based violence. Plan’s Because I Am A Girl programs help ensure girls have equal access to safe learning environments. These programs and many others will lead to Plan’s vision of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.
Learn more about the Bangladesh Protecting Human Rights Program here.
Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of Law (WI-HER)
WI-HER, LLC is a certified woman-owned small business and international consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. WI-HER partners with donors, governments, private sector, and NGOs to identify and implement creative solutions to complex health and social challenges to achieve better, healthier lives for women, men, girls, and boys. They work in the following areas:
- Gender Integration
- Technical Assistance and Training
- Counter-Human Trafficking and Workplace Harassment Prevention
- Systems Strengthening and Policy Reform
- Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research
- Improved Service Delivery and Utilization
- Community Mobilization and Individual Behavior Change
- Knowledge Management and Learning
Promundo works to promote gender equality and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Their programs, campaigns, and advocacy efforts are based on rigorous research, including the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), and are designed to improve the lives of people around the world. Their work focuses on the following themes:
- Fatherhood and Caregiving
- Conflict and Security
- Economic Justice
- Preventing Violence
- Youth and Equality
- Research for Action
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GWNP)
GNWP aims to bridge the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women and peace and security issues. To achieve this aim, GNWP engages in four programmatic areas: Capacity Building, Advocacy, Research and Institutional Strengthening. This programmatic focus includes various initiatives such as Civil Society Monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR 1325; Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820; Education and Advocacy on the CEDAW General Recommendation on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and Post-conflict Situations; 1325 Media Outreach; Multi-stakeholders Financing Mechanism for the implementation of the WPS resolutions; Engagement with the Security Sector and Support to national action planning processes. Learn more about two of their initiatives below.
Localization of UNSCR 1325
GNWP’s Localization Program is a strategy that guarantees effective implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its supporting resolutions. It is a bottom-up approach to policy-making that aligns local, national, regional and international policies and community-driven strategies to ensure local ownership, participation and links among communities, civil society organizations and government. The Localization Program allows for direct engagement of local authorities including governors, mayors, councilors, community leaders, paramount chiefs, indigenous leaders, religious leaders, local police and military officers who join forces with the national government. The formulation of local policies and legislation by local actors allows for ownership, integration of women, peace and security commitments into local development plans and budgets and more sustainable means of implementation. The localization program has been implemented in Burundi, Kenya, Colombia, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For more information on the impact of the localization program, click here.
Girl Ambassadors for Peace
The Girl Ambassadors for Peace Program enhances the capacities of women and girls, promotes and protects their rights. It uses UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 as tools to hold officials and decision-makers accountable and to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. The program is currently being implemented in DRC and South Sudan, two countries in the midst of violent conflict that has placed the lives of women and children at risk. Young literate women and girls in conflict-affected areas become Girl Ambassadors for Peace by undergoing a training series on how to conduct literacy education, leadership, and the principles of resolutions 1325 and 1820. The Girl Ambassadors for Peace then travel to rural communities where they teach illiterate girls and women to read and write, along with basic numeracy. The young women also raise awareness about the importance of women’s rights and participation in decision-making and in peacebuilding by using popular theater and community dialogues. The program is currently being implemented in DRC and South Sudan, two countries in the midst of violent conflict that has placed the lives of women and children at risk. To learn more about some of the girls, click here.
Saferworld has recently released a new toolkit titled, Gender Analysis of Conflict. This toolkit is intended to help national and international non-governmental organisations and other peacebuilding practitioners to integrate gender perspectives into conflict analysis, providing a foundation for more gender-sensitive peacebuilding programmes. It focuses on understanding how gender norms – the ways in which societies pressure their male and female members to behave – can either drive conflict and insecurity or be resources for peace.
You can access the resource by clicking here.
United States Institute of Peace
USIP currently has a 60 day campaign, “Youth Leading for Peace and Equality” where they highlight the connections among youth, peace and gender equality. They celebrate the stories of young women and men working for peace, and exchange crucial skills and approaches for building more inclusive societies. Visit their campaign page.