Supporting societies and their governments to develop national infrastructures to mitigate and prevent violent conflict.
Plan for Peace works with countries that wish to develop an infrastructure that can support a sustainable peace. We provide consultative advice and facilitation, as well as identifying sources of funding.
Architectures for Peace have been developed and proven effective in several countries including South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. In essence, an Architecture for Peace is a country wide process to enable the building of a sustainable structure at national, regional, city, town and village levels through which all relevant stakeholders co-operate in systematically building peace and transforming violent conflict.
This concept is critical for sustaining peace because it focuses on building capacities and structures within countries and regions that are at risk of conflict, as opposed to relying on external interventions. John Paul Lederach, respected scholar and practitioner, introduced the concept in 1997:
“I believe that the nature and characteristics of contemporary conflict suggest the need for a set of concepts and approaches that go beyond traditional statist diplomacy. Building peace in today’s conflicts calls for long-term commitment to establishing an infrastructure across the levels of society, an infrastructure that empowers the resources of reconciliation from within that society.”