History

Building peace since 1994

  • 1994
    The origins of Interpeace lie within the United Nations

    The origins of Interpeace lie within the United Nations

    May, 1994

    Interpeace was created in 1994 as the “War-torn Societies Project”, a United Nations project to assist the international community and national actors to respond better to challenges of countries emerging from war.

    Matthias Stiefel championed and founded the project and is now Vice Chair of the Governing Council. Initial field projects were in Eritrea and Mozambique. Guatemala, Somaliland and Puntland (Somali Region) quickly followed.

  • 1994
    The methodology developed in the early years provides the foundations of Interpeace work today

    The methodology developed in the early years provides the foundations of Interpeace work today

    To address the specific challenges societies face in post-conflict situations, and the shortfalls of many peace interventions, a participatory action-research approach was developed. It embodies the principles of strengthening local capacity and responsibility, inclusive participation, use of relevant data and analysis, consensus based decision-making and practical policy impact. With adaptations over the years, this participatory methodology remains the foundation of the work of Interpeace today.

  • 2000
    Becoming an independent organization from the United Nations to better address the challenges of peace

    Becoming an independent organization from the United Nations to better address the challenges of peace

    In 2000, the project transitioned from within United Nations auspices to become an independent non-governmental organization. It maintains a strong link and partnership with the United Nations and can operate either as an NGO or through the United Nations.

    In this period, new programmes were initiated in South-Central Somalia, Rwanda, Macedonia, Israel and Palestine.

  • 2006
    A change of name to Interpeace

    A change of name to Interpeace

    In 2006, the organization changed its name to Interpeace to reflect the new scope and scale of its work.

  • 2006
    Even more people benefiting from our approach to peacebuilding

    Even more people benefiting from our approach to peacebuilding

    Interpeace developed new programmes in Guinea-Bissau, Burundi, Aceh (Indonesia), Nimba County in Liberia and Central America.  The thematic programme ‘Constitution making for peace’ was also initiated.

  • 2009
    15 years of enabling people to build peace

    15 years of enabling people to build peace

    In the summer of 2009 Interpeace celebrated 15 years of peacebuilding work around the world.  Programmes in Cyprus and the national roll out in Liberia were launched.

    Former President of Ghana, President John A. Kufuor, became Chair of the Interpeace Governing Council, accepting the Chairmanship from former President of Finland and 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate, Martti Ahtisaari.

  • 2010
    Further strengthening transparency and accountability for all stakeholders

    Further strengthening transparency and accountability for all stakeholders

    Interpeace transitioned to the highest financial reporting standard (IFRS) to further increase its transparency. In 2010 Interpeace also received ZEWO certification from the Swiss charity evaluator, demonstrating our focus on providing transparency and accountability for all our stakeholders.

  • 2013
    Establishing a solid presence in West Africa

    Establishing a solid presence in West Africa

    In 2013 Interpeace opened its Regional Office for West Africa. With two new programmes in the region, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, the Regional Office allows Interpeace to reinforce and strengthen its strategic engagement in the region and provide assistance to conflict-affected societies.

    The same year, Interpeace co-organized the first ever Geneva Peace Talks and launched an international platform that aims to raise awareness of the need for peace around the world.

  • 2014
    Our history shows us that peace is possible

    Our history shows us that peace is possible

    Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Interpeace now operates in over 20 countries and territories. To mark two decades of peacebuilding around the world, Interpeace hosted an evening of debate.

    At the same time Interpeace continues to innovate and has launched a pilot project in Sweden and the cutting-edge work on Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR).