Introducing Peace Responsiveness: because peace cannot be built by peacebuilders alone

Published: February 16, 2023


Peace is everyone’s responsibility and cannot be achieved by peacebuilders alone. Peace Responsiveness requires every actor to be sensitive to conflict dynamics, and to work proactively to ensure that all activities and policies operate in ways that improve peace.

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‚Äôs Development Assistance Committee (OECD‚ÄĮDAC)‚ÄĮon 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 remain. To address this challenge, Interpeace has developed the operational approach of Peace Responsiveness.