The Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) works with societies to prevent or reduce violence that is triggered by radical and divisive change. We aim to mitigate the effects of violence on people’s lives, while laying the foundations for long-term peace and stability. We support societies in which fundamental differences have broken down communication and torn apart relationships between different groups. We work to offer an alternative vision for how differences can be managed, so that people do not feel the need to use violence, but instead gain greater confidence in a shared future.
First meeting of Libya Peacebuilding Practitioners Network held in Tunis
In April 2016, PCi convened a meeting of the Libya Peacebuilding Practitioners Network, a group of 24 community leaders who have been involved in peace actions in different parts of Libya. The meeting was an opportunity to share and reflect on different experiences of peacebuilding, build trust and listen to different perspectives across conflict divides, and identify a ‘long list’ of priority issues for inter-community peace initiatives to be supported in different areas across Libya.
Survey in Syrian communities finds 'Peace Resources' activities improve conflict resilience
An impact survey conducted in target communities has found that 75% of respondents attribute increased resilience to conflict to 'Peace Resources' activities. These are a network of 44 volunteer community leaders who work to prevent and manage local conflict in 26 areas (21 in Syria, 4 in Turkey, 1 in Jordan). In 2015-16, the Network carried out over 220 initiatives, including securing humanitarian support to IDPs and refugees, and negotiating the release of detainees.
Social Peace and Local Development (SPLD) Partnerships active in 11 areas across Libya
PCi has supported the establishment of SPLD Partnerships in 11 municipalities across Libya. The Partnerships bring together representatives of different community groups, and are aimed to build trust and strengthen vertical relationships (between the community and the local authorities), as well as horizontal relationships (between different community groups). PCi provides ongoing support to the Partnerships through a pool of Libyan Trainer Mentors.
Conflict Sensitive Assistance in Libya: OPSECA online platform launched
PCi, in partnership with humanidev.tech, has launched OPSECA, a new online analysis and planning tool to help practitioners more easily manage the humanitarian and development planning cycle. Within the context of the Conflict Sensitivity Assistance in Libya Forum, OPSECA will provide the Forum participants access to ongoing conflict analysis, to help the international community better plan support to Libya in a conflict-sensitive manner.
Local leaders talk about the challenges of building peace within communities in Libya
Note regarding factually inaccurate reports appearing in Dutch and Swedish Media about PCi's work in Syria (Aug 2015 - Mar 2016)
5 April 2016
Following reports in the Dutch Media suggesting that Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) or staff on its behalf travel into Syria and negotiate with ISIS/ISIL, PCi would like to make it clear that it does not and has not sent any staff into Syria to negotiate with ISIS/ISIL.
Further, statements made about ISIS/ISIL to the media and in other formats by Mr Jonkers, who worked for PCi as an independent contractor for a short time between 15 August 2015 and 6 January 2016, are his individual views and do not reflect PCi’s position, or its views on resolving the conflict in Syria.
To find out more about our activities, please visit our Programmes page.
A guide for local government and community leaders on how they can work in partnership to promote social peace in Libya.
Lessons learned and training materials from work conducted with Libyan communities to foster transformational leaders' skills to manage local conflicts.
Lessons learned from community-level peace actions across Syria.
Effective local peace initiatives and inclusive national peace negotiations in Syria
Challenges of local peace actions and communities' aspirations for more inclusive peace processes.