Social Enterprise for Peace

The Affinity Group

The goal of the Social Enterprise for Peacebuilding Affinity Group is to serve the interests of the Affinity Group’s Members and the wider AfP membership by exploring the contribution that social enterprise might make towards peacebuilding and how civil society organizations in the peacebuilding space can adopt more entrepreneurial approaches to our work, including through more strategic engagement with the private sector.


Innovative Financing for Peace

The Innovative Financing for Peace initiative at the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is an exploration of new methods to secure sustainable funding for peacebuilding. Together, Alliance for Peacebuilding members will examine how peacebuilding organizations can diversify and dramatically increase funding for our work through new financing vehicles and new business models that create pathways for sustainable investment in peace.

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Past Events:

Social Enterprise for Peace in Iraqi Kurdistan

On April 6, 2017, the Social Enterprise for Peace Affinity Group hosted a discussion with Rebeen Pasha, the Founder and CEO of My Entrepreneurial Dream (MyeDream). MyeDream is Iraqi Kurdistan’s first and only start-up incubator and entrepreneurship ecosystem organization and an official member and representative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). MyeDream works with young entrepreneurs in Kurdistan who are creating social ventures that foster co-existence, stability, and peace. Read more about the event here.

A Discussion with Lester M. Salamon: June 8, 2016


The author of New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and New Actors that Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing

Mr. Salamon discussed new tools and new actors that are reshaping global philanthropy and social investing. Mr. Salamon served as deputy associate director of the US Office of Management and Budget and is now Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. Nick Oatley, Chief Operating Officer at PartnersGlobal, moderated the discussion.

Social Entrepreneurialism for Peacebuilding: Surviving in Turbulent Times: May 24, 2016

At the Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference, this discussion, led by Nicholas Oatley, COO of PartnersGlobal, was on the life cycles of CSOs and the need for turnaround management – opportunities and obstacles.

Social Enterprise for Peace: May 24, 2016

At the Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference, this discussion was an introduction to social enterprise techniques and helped peacebuilders identify and frame the key issues connected to social enterprise for peacebuilding. It also helped participants understand the role that this burgeoning field might play in the advancement of peacebuilding initiatives. Speakers included:

  • Stone Conroy, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Nicholas Oatley, Chief Operating Officer, PartnersGlobal
  • Whitney Shinkle, Strategic Advisor, Bancroft Global Development
  • Moderator: Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs & Strategy, AfP

2016 AfP Annual Conference Social Enterprise Panel


Social Impact Bond

Social Enterprise for Peace Presentation

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PartnersGlobal has a vision for the world where all of us – communities, governments, and businesses – work together to peacefully manage change. PartnersGlobal believes in the power of local leadership and global collaboration to achieve inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous societies.

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For more information about AfP’s Social Enterprise for Peace Affinity Group, contact Stone Conroy, Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships at