A Global Decentralized Peacebuilding Presence
Understanding the interaction between the local-national and regional realities, and translating them to the effective implementation of peacebuilding processes is one of the main added values of Interpeace’s presence at the regional level in three strategic locations in the world. Currently, Interpeace has regional offices playing key roles in Latin America (Guatemala City, Guatemala), West Africa (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), and East & Central Africa (Nairobi, Kenya). Having proximity to our efforts in different countries and regions of the world enables us to approach specific challenges and design strategies both at a national level and regional level. These strategies can be directly supported by our partners, as well as existing regional institutions in the region. As a consequence, they have a direct impact on the transformation of the regional peace dynamics that affect national contexts.
Interpeace’s experience in each of the three regions demonstrates that in order to achieve socio-political change in diverse countries, a deep understanding of the dynamics of each local context is needed. Based on Interpeace’s rich institutional knowledge and together with partners and country teams, the regional offices help define country-based peacebuilding strategies that respond to the needs previously identified by local actors. All of which is based on our continuous presence, building of trust across the stakeholder spectrum, and a deep understanding of complex cultural and political dynamics.
Our presence in Latin America allows us to take on multiple challenges in matters of peacebuilding: high levels of violence, socio-environmental conflicts, organized crime, massive migration, corruption and impunity. Our work in West Africa focuses mostly on national reconciliation and the fostering of social contracts among the populations and the authorities as well as the role of youth in violence prevention. And in East & Central Africa, the complex conflict dynamics in both the Horn of Africa and in the Great Lakes region are better understood and taken on through our long-standing presence in the region.
In addition, while the causes for violent conflict in each of these regions, as well as the political and social dynamics, are different in each country, our sustained presence in these three complex regions, allows us to capitalize on the sharing of lessons learned and best practices across the regions.
Interpeace’s regional offices focus on developing methodologies to transform conflicts and prevent violence. These methodologies have been supported by the evidence of their flexibility and effectiveness, at a local, national and regional level. Our global presence, coupled with our singular approach, enables peacebuilding in some of the most conflict sensitive regions of the world.