What would an institutional framework for peacebuilding support that is better for sustaining peace and preventing violent conflict than what we have today look like?
Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) is a partnership between Humanity United, Oxfam Ibis, and Reos Partners to explore how to bring about much-needed institutional change in the international system of peacebuilding support and to overcome obstacles to sustainable peace. To carry out this mission, CSP seeks to develop and support creative collaboration among multi-level stakeholders in international peacebuilding institutions and at national and local levels. In the process, participants gather evidence and catalyze new ways of working together to shift from rhetoric to practice in support of peacebuilding.
ACTIVITIES: THE PEACE ACCELERATOR
The Conducive Space for Peace Accelerator is a four-day working meeting designed to bring together cohort teams from different conflict-affected contexts. Together, participants will learn innovative practices focused on international and national peacebuilding. Each cohort will comprise both international and national/local actors who are based in their region and are involved in collaborating around new practices. The current cohorts are working on peacebuilding in Mali, Syria, Bosnia, West Africa, East Africa, and Nepal.
The CSP Accelerator will help teams apply their collective brainpower to solve complex problems in a high-energy, focused, and collaborative environment. Experienced facilitators and advisors will offer customized content, structured processes, and tailored feedback for each team’s unique project.
The 2018 CSP Accelerator will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, during Geneva Peace Week (November 5-10). Geneva Peace Week is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, in collaboration the Swiss Confederation. By synchronizing meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations.
Peace Week Presentation
As a culmination of the CSP Accelerator activities, the team will hold an active and engaging dialogue about their learnings on November 8 with the Geneva Peace Week audience.
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