Mission and Programs

Advancing sustainable peace and security worldwide

Melanie Greenberg

CEO Melanie Greenberg addresses the audience at the AfP Annual Conference

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is the institutional home for the peacebuilding community—a network of over 100 organizations working to resolve conflict and create sustainable peace in 153 countries. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and the most powerful peacebuilding groups—and our partners span a range of sectors, including environment, education, unarmed citizen protection, business, media, the arts, and more—all working toward the shared goal of peace. AfP amplifies the voices of peacebuilders worldwide, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone.

Our Vision

Our vision is to advance sustainable peace and security worldwide. We believe in a systems approach to peacebuilding that recognizes the complexity of modern conflict, and which connects the multiple sectors working for peace—making strong linkages between the local, national, regional, and global levels to create a stronger scaffolding for peace.

Our Mission

Expand

We expand the field of peacebuilding by creating connections across new sectors in related fields; strengthening connections with key stakeholders in the policy, academic, media, arts, and NGO communities; increasing resources for the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field; and increasing the number of organizations joining AfP while strengthening the members already in the network.

Advance

We advance the field of peacebuilding by accelerating and integrating new concepts and approaches through innovative and collaborative programming that pushes the boundaries of traditional peacebuilding and effectiveness.

Influence

We influence the broader peacebuilding field by fostering an understanding of systemic approach to peacebuilding and conflict resolution and ensuring they are integrated into the programs and policies of governments and donors (both public and private), international agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs); and by shifting public awareness and promoting social action through the use of media to effectively convey peacebuilding and conflict resolution messages across multiple generations.

History

Since its incorporation in 2003, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) has grown from a small cluster of conflict resolution practitioners to a rich and diverse network of over 15,000 individuals and organizations that are active in more than 153 countries. Founded in 1999 as the Applied Conflict Resolution Organization Network (ACRON), AfP began with the goal of supporting collaboration in the conflict resolution field, which was fragmented at the time. With a $1 million planning grant from the Hewlett Foundation in 2003, ACRON became the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (AICPR) with a broader mandate and a stronger emphasis on conflict prevention. In 2006, the organization became the Alliance for Peacebuilding, adopting a more ambitious mission and further emphasizing collaborative action.

Our Programs