The international agenda for peace and sustainable development faces significant challenges. The global number of conflicts is at an all-time high, millions are displaced, conflict-induced humanitarian crises continue and none of the world’s conflict-affected nations are on track to meeting key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without significant progress on peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16), progress will be very difficult to achieve. At the same time, efforts to achieve any of the other SDGs can meaningfully contribute to peace, if they have the right level of intentionality and purpose.
Peace cannot be built by peacebuilders alone.
The landmark 2016 and 2020 Sustaining Peace resolutions of the United Nations, the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and the more recent recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus call for significant reform to how international humanitarian, development and peace action reinforce each other to create more effective and sustainable approaches that address structural causes of violence.
Significant gaps between policy and practice, as well as between ambition and reality, remain.
Interpeace has developed the operational paradigm of peace responsiveness, to address this challenge.
Peace responsiveness seeks to enhance the ability of actors operating in conflict affected or fragile contexts to be conflict-sensitive and to deliberately contribute to peace through their technical programming -in a manner that enhances collective impact, that supports inclusive, gender-responsive and locally- led change and that strengthens societal resilience to conflict and violence.
Interpeace engages with partners in the humanitarian, development and stabilisation sectors to advance peace responsive approaches in practice, through translating abstract concepts into actual changes in policies, programmes, operations, mindsets and incentives