5-6 May 2021

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Virtual Sessions

27-29 April 2021

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We are looking forward to the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021 "Translate. Relate. Act"

The FriEnt PBF 2021 offers space to reflect on the future of peacebuilding based on current global trends. We will highlight new ways of bringing partnerships into action, translating existing realities into policies and meaningful action, and expanding partnerships with related sectors and policy areas. We will focus on three thematic clusters:

Translating realities into policies

In light of current political trends and peacebuilding challenges, we need to bridge the gap between local, national and international peacebuilding. To do so, we need to become more effective in translating realities into policies. The area of peacebuilding goes beyond the traditional dependency on donors and recipients of the past and seeks to establish a ‘partnership of equals’ based on mutual interest and respect. In practice, however, it is proving difficult to move away from the usual recipes.

Relating across boundaries

Peacebuilding is all about bridging divides to build effective partnerships. New ideas emerge through interactions across organisations and policy areas, not out of them. Sometimes it is easier to take a joint leap of faith and try out an innovative approach, beginning by building relationships of trust among people and between organisations that have previously had little trust in one another.

Acting collectively

From the local to the global level, formulating peacebuilding policies should be a participatory process. To build sustainable peace, we need concrete and meaningful action. The principle of universality enshrined in the Agenda 2030 obliges every country, regardless of its income and level of development, to contribute to comprehensive efforts geared towards achieving sustainable development and peace. We need new forms of joint action to uphold this principle.


We are delighted to present a diverse programme of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021. It combines interactive virtual sessions on key thematic issues hosted by the FriEnt members as well as national and international partner organisations on 27–29 April 2021 with high-level panels on the future of partnership and peacebuilding on 5–6 May 2021. Find out more!

Virtual Conference Venue

If you have received an invitation and registered successfully, please follow this link to our FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021 virtual conference venue!

04 May 2021

A Virtual Memory for Reconciliation

Julio Solórzano Foppa, Memorial para la Concordia, presents the contribution of digital tools to building a memory base of the armed conflict in Guatemala. He discusses digital options for creating a historical narrative as well as some of the integral barriers to generating dialogue.

03 May 2021

Listen and Learn from the Young

International actors must give space to young people to shape interventions to their needs and wants. Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, JLI, emphasises the importance of implementing intersectional approaches to youth empowerment and discusses the integral barriers and opportunities for the internati...

27 April 2021

In Search of the Equal Partnership

Is a partnership of equals impossible? Dylan Mathews, Peace Direct, states that the barriers to inclusive peacebuilding – such as structural racism – rather persist instead of being dismantled. Neo-colonial attitudes and narratives translate into very little equality in partnerships and must be c...

Our Members

The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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