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.
POLICY BRIEFING - Ukraine: a peacebuilding agenda to bridge the divide
This Policy Briefing, published in January 2017, reflects on the present situation in the east of Ukraine as experienced by the populations on both sides of the line of contact in the east – in the NGCA of LNR and DNR, and with areas under government control. The paper seeks to contextualise these differing experiences and aims to propose a peacebuilding agenda for local and international organisations.
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Transforming the ways in which communities manage conflict in Syria
Our Syrian Peace Resources Network has been working to bring together local community leaders in order to empower them to play a more active role in resolving conflicts. The result has been the establishment of community committees that promote dialogue as a method to resolve local problems. The committees support the peaceful management of conflicts by mediating peaceful solutions to disputes, increasing human security through service delivery, and stopping the spread of violence. Read more
Survey in Syrian communities finds 'Peace Resources' activities improve conflict resilience
An impact survey conducted in target communities has found that 70% of respondents attribute increased resilience to conflict to 'Peace Resources' activities. These are a network of 61 volunteer community leaders who work to prevent and manage local conflict in 32 areas (28 in Syria, 3 in Turkey, 1 in Jordan). From 2015 until today, the Network has carried out over 334 initiatives, including securing humanitarian support to 51,000 IDPs and negotiating the release of 686 detainees.
Social Peace and Local Development (SPLD) Partnerships active in 14 areas across Libya
PCi supports SPLD Partnerships in 14 municipalities across Libya. The Partnerships bring together representatives of different community groups, and are aimed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the community and the local authorities, as well as between different community groups. PCi provides ongoing support to the Partnerships through a pool of Libyan Trainer Mentors, strengthening skills in areas such as mediation, negotiation, gender inclusion, and peacebuilding programme design and delivery.
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
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.