Peace Responsiveness

In addition to its country-based peacebuilding engagements, Interpeace is committed to partner with other international organizations in the areas of security, development and humanitarian aid to become more ‘peace responsive’. This entails the intentional and systematic delivery of their activities in ways that simultaneously address underlying conflict and peace dynamics. Through these partnerships, Interpeace is supporting these lead organizations to become better equipped when facing complex crises and challenges.

Since its inception in 1994, Interpeace’s mandate envisioned not only to support conflict-affected societies to prevent violence and build lasting peace, but to also assist the international community to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world.

Currently, more than 80% of humanitarian and development work is carried out in contexts of violent conflict. International actors are increasingly acknowledging that without a focus on the peace and conflict dynamics of the settings in which they work, not only will their interventions be less sustainable, but they will also be less effective.

25 years of peacebuilding experience around the world, has enabled Interpeace to recognize the footprint and potential contribution to peace that other international actors can have in their own scope of intervention, ranging from humanitarian aid, to development, human rights, and other fields. Peace Responsiveness is a practical approach that advocates for organizations operating in conflict-affected or fragile contexts to deliberately design and develop peace outcomes through their technical programming – whichever sector it may be focused on. The notion of Peace Responsiveness is conceptually and methodologically underpinned by peace effectiveness on the one hand, and conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm on the other.

For the last two years, Interpeace has been developing a wide set of partnerships with key UN and international NGO partners to advance their peace responsiveness capabilities. Interpeace seeks to promote a cross-sectoral approach, contributing a much-needed peacebuilding angle to the ambitions of UN Member States to “leave no one behind” through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda in general. Although Interpeace’s mandate most closely resonates with SDG Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, the organization has also embraced the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, which encourages peace responsiveness of the international system and in all states – developed and developing alike.

Interpeace’s Peace Responsiveness approach fosters more cohesive collaboration among organizations and agencies working in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding areas, with the aim of better identifying and seizing opportunities to enhance trust and social cohesion.