Call for Workshop Proposals

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) Annual Conference serves as a dynamic space for AfP members to network with the broader peace and security community, including funders, policymakers, members of the military, and professionals from a broad range of related disciplines, such as human rights, democracy and governance, neuroscience, and environmental protection. The conference provides unique opportunities to exchange ideas, reflect on international crises, discuss the most important issues in the peacebuilding field, and develop collaborative projects. The only event of its kind, the Annual Conference also allows members to highlight key achievements and discuss the future of the field.

Our field offers powerful solutions to complex problems, and global initiatives such as Agenda 2030 provide new frameworks for addressing rapidly changing dynamics. Events around the world in the past year have been a call to action for our community, and the 2017 AfP Annual Conference will provide a powerful platform for exploring both the challenges and the bright spots facing our field. There will be ample time for joint strategizing and mobilization, to ensure a strong collective voice for peacebuilding moving forward. We are currently accepting proposals for workshops and panels during days 2 and 3 of the conference.

To view the instruction and expectations for submitting a proposal, view the tabs below or download the pdf here. To submit a complete proposal, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

The conference consists of keynote addresses, an exhibition hall and various panels and workshops. Workshops are typically 1.5 hour sessions that average anywhere from 10 to 40 participants.

Date: October 12 – 13, 2017
Location: FHI 360
Who Can Submit a Proposal: Any interested parties, preference given to AfP members
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2017

*Please submit questions to Adam Wolf, Administrative Coordinator at or call 202.822.2047 x 216.

We have composed the following working themes to guide your workshop development for this year’s conference, but we also encourage other out-of-the-box ideas. To make your proposal more competitive, we strongly recommend including on-the-ground perspectives from conflict regions, academia, the private sector, and other global voices. When submitting, please identify which of the following themes your session addresses:

  • Challenges to the international order, and peacebuilding approaches to new forms of conflict
  • Peacebuilding responses to fragility and humanitarian crises
  • The role of non-state actors in crisis and peacebuilding
  • Inclusive peace negotiation processes
  • New methods of violence reduction, preventing violence extremism, and conflict prevention
  • Adaptive learning in complex environments
  • Neuroscience and how we can rewire our brains for peace
  • Nonviolent social movements
  • “Selling peace” and framing our work through media and new narrative approaches
  • The role of the private sector and social enterprise in peace
  • Innovative financing for peace
  • Building strategic partnerships for peace
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Gender and peacebuilding
  • Domestic programming

Note: If you have an idea for speakers surrounding this theme, but do not plan to submit a workshop proposal, feel free to let us know! 

Workshops should be focused on a central topic, able to engage the audience, and provide participants with a substantial learning experience. In keeping with the emphasis of Innovation at AfP conferences, preference will be given to proposals with a creative topic and/or workshop style. Please note that workshop proposals solely promoting a specific organization, program, or commercial product will not be accepted.

The format should promote open, honest, and candid dialogue on current/relevant issues in peacebuilding. Interactive and innovative workshop styles are highly encouraged. Ideas should focus on the collective change we can make in the peacebuilding field. Therefore, this year’s conference will place emphasis on how workshops will address current gaps in the themes and propose concrete steps for action and/or change.

As you design the workshop, please consider nontraditional formats that encourage dialogue and participation from the audience. The following are some examples of workshop formats that have work at previous conferences, but feel free to think outside the box!


Example 1: Lightning Rounds with Break-out Discussions

Example 2: Interview/Conversation Debate

Example 3: Skills Building Workshop

Example 4: Roundtable or moderated dialogue format

Example 5: Classic Panel Discussion followed by Q&A


Speakers should represent a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, including non-US voices, gender balance, those with disabilities, and/or class diversity. For panel style workshops where speakers are presenting at the front of the room, no more than 4 speakers, including the moderator, will be accepted.

  • Workshop proposals can be assigned to any time between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during days 2 and 3 of the conference. It is possible for some proposals to be selected for day 1 at USIP, but it is not guaranteed. Please do not submit a workshop proposal if there is inflexibility in the time that it can take place. However, please also let us know if you have a general time preference, as we will do our best to accommodate these preferences.
  • Following the guidelines outlined on this form does not guarantee a successful proposal, and due to the high volume of submissions, not all proposals will be accepted for the conference. We reserve the right to request that applicants with similar topics combine efforts to produce a more dynamic workshop.

Workshop organizers are expected to:

  • Develop and execute the session, including meeting all AfP deadlines (see below). While AfP may provide guidance as needed, responsibility for workshop development rests with the organizer. Please note, AfP may not be able to guarantee all AV requests. Please indicate AV needs on the Workshop Format Form for requests to be considered.
  • Provide electronic copies of visual presentations (i.e. PowerPoint) and handouts for preapproval no later than two weeks prior to the event. (You may provide your own handouts during your session.)
  • Confirm all speakers and ensure they are registered by the speaker registration deadline.
  • Submit a 500-word article for the AfP blog on the content of the workshop.
  • Provide electronic copies of visual presentations (i.e. PowerPoint) and handouts for preapproval no later than two weeks prior to the event. (You may provide your own handouts during your session.)
  • Confirm all speakers and ensure they are registered by the speaker registration deadline.
  • Submit a 500-word article for the AfP blog on the content of the workshop.

AfP does not provide:

  • Complimentary hotel/travel expenses for speakers.
  • Free forum attendance for speakers outside of the workshop in which they are speaking. Speakers may register for the full day in which they are speaking at a 50% discounted rate, and additional day passes must be purchased at regular price. Staff who are supporting a specific workshop may sign out guest passes from the registration desk to gain entrance to the session in which they are supporting only, however, full-day discounted passes will not be available for support staff.

If your proposal is selected, you will be expected to meet the following deadlines:
June 30   Workshop Proposals Due
July 17   Notification of Acceptance
September 15 Confirmation of Session Participants Due
September 29 Media Due (PowerPoints, Videos, etc.)
October 2 – 5 Organize phone calls with moderators and session participants

Submitting Your Proposal

Submission by Email

If you wish to submit your proposal via email, please download the following word document. Please fill out your proposal with detail and submit it to Adam Wolf at:

Click Here to Download the Proposal Submission Document


Submission by Electronic Form

If you wish to submit your proposal via Online form, please access it below. There are no word limits and we encourage you to provide details about your ideas! If you have any technical difficulties, please email Adam at:

Click Here to Access the Online Submission Form