Interview with Lesley Connolly, International Peace Institute

2018-07-02 - 12:00 am

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Interview with Graeme Simpson, Interpeace USA

2018-06-29 - 12:00 am

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#defyhatenow – a peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

2018-06-27 - 12:00 am

By Johanna Havemann & Stephen Kovats, r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, Germany

How can technologies and digital media be strategically used to achieve conflict-resolution and peacebuilding objectives? To answer this question, peacetech is a growing field that allows peace advocates and local communities to develop new forms of engagement. The term peacetech thereby refers to two different approaches:

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The EU has plans for peace – but is spending on defence

2018-05-30 - 12:00 am

By Dilia Zwart, Quaker Council for European Affairs

The long-term perspective of peacebuilding and the short-term focus of politics are usually at odds, but seem especially tense today. In a time when peacebuilding is needed more than ever, the rise of populist politics in Europe and other parts of the globe have challenged international cooperation. The fragmented political climate has been accompanied by a shift towards defence, particularly in Europe. However, plans for peacebuilding can be encouraged by politicians, practitioners and citizens.

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Italy’s contributions to peacebuilding: One step forward, two steps back

2018-04-27 - 3:00 pm

By Bernardo Monzani and Bernardo Venturi, Agency for Peacebuilding, Italy

As violent conflict and instability have grown around the world and in the Mediterranean neighbourhood in particular, Italy has been thrust in a difficult position: affected by those crises in more direct ways than other European countries, it felt unprecedented pressure to actively engage as an international peace-broker. However, without official peacebuilding policies or consolidated capacities, its responses have often been hesitant.

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Welcome to the FriEnt PBF Voices Blog


The PBF Voices Blog is not solely shaped by us, the FriEnt team, it shall rather provide a space for conference speakers, participants and other interested persons to share ideas and insights on the future of peacebuilding policy and practice.

All posts relate to the multifaceted theme of the conference in its widest sense. Every article reflects the author’s personal opinion and captures his or her unique style.

Reflections from the FriEnt PBF 2018

Connect-reflect-create was the motto of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2018. In the aftermath of the conference we are asking some of the participants to reflect on key takeaways from the FriEnt PBF, to share their views on the changing landscape for peacebuilding and to look ahead: How should peacebuilding look like in 2030? Our aim is to learn from different perspectives: how to accelerate innovation in the peacebuilding field and how to strengthen our collective impact. You can find all videos and blog posts here.

Blog Series 2018: Shifting Priorities for Peacebuilding?

Ahead of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2018 we have launched a series of expert blogs exploring how the changing international environment affects the support for peacebuilding in different countries. What has changed in recent years? Where are common trends and challenges? What can we learn from each other? You can find all posts in this blog series here.