Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative

Maison de la Paix – IPTI Conference Room, Petale 5 (upstairs entrance), Geneva - Tuesday 6 November 2018, 12:30-14:15 (Kindly note the change of schedule!)

This event is organized by the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and the Permanent Mission of Sweden as Part of the Geneva Peace Week 2018

The call for coordination in peacebuilding, where a myriad of local to national efforts should “add up”, is not new. However, we are learning more about the reality of power dynamics and the challenges to inclusion and sustainability that often get in the way. We are gaining new insights into how diverse groups might achieve coherence or even coordination of peacebuilding actions through shared analysis, vision and accountability. This expert workshop will be an interactive reflection on the “nuts and bolts” of getting to collective peacebuilding impact.

The workshop will kick off with some insights emerging from two different projects that are looking at the dynamics surrounding peacebuilding coherence and coordination.  Building on case studies, models and insights from IPTI’s ‘Impact Local Peace’ project, and the CDA Collaborative Learning Project’s ‘Framework for Collective Impact in Peacebuilding’, practitioners and funding partners will explore features, respective roles and support structures for coherence and collective action.



IPTI’s Impact Local Peace project is focusing on the roles of civil society in peacebuilding, facilitating consultations and learning exchanges on the strategies and challenges to achieving impact in different contexts. Together with local partners, the project is carrying out “mapping” pilots of civil society in Ukraine and Colombia, as a means for joint analysis and reflection. The mappings explore how seven distinct peacebuilding functions are fulfilled by different sectors and groups in local civil society. This functional approach allows for a broader look at existing social forces and how they relate to each other, rather than confining the scope to pre-defined sectors or mandates. Can such a mapping and “birds-eye-view” of peacebuilding efforts encourage civil society actors to explore complementarities, gaps, and the potential for coherence?

As part of its work on peacebuilding effectiveness, CDA has produced A Framework for Collective Impact in Peacebuilding’, which is being field-tested through ongoing collective action efforts in Asia and Africa, as well as in new initiatives for collective action in Nigeria and Sri Lanka, in partnership with Search for Common Ground. Findings on different models of collective action and their contribution to peacebuilding goals provide lessons in the areas of joint analysis; agendas and strategies; learning; accountability; and support structures. The pilots have also identified trends in the challenges encountered by the groups and strategies used for overcoming them.


Kindly note that registrations have now closed and that a confirmation email will be sent to the participants that the organizers were able to accommodate.



  • To unpack the conditions and dynamics that affect peacebuilding coherence, and discuss tools that enable civil society and support structures to do the same
  • To understand how coordination can lead to peacebuilding impact, and how to support collective action and partnerships that add up to “Peace Writ Large”
  • To consolidate the findings from pilots and field examples, and elicit additional perspectives and experiences on how networks work towards common peacebuilding goals and have impact as “Peace Writ Large”

12:30 - 12:45: Welcome & Introduction

  • Dr. Thania Paffenholz, Director, Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative
  • H. E. Ambassador Veronika Bard, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the to the United Nations in Geneva

12:45 - 12:55: Mapping and analysis of the civil society landscape

  • Jenny Aulin, Civil Society Program Manager, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative

12:55 - 13:10: Towards a Framework for Collective Impact in Peacebuilding

  • Sweta Velpillay, Senior Advisor - Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects

13:10 - 14:00: Lunch & Group Discussions

  • a) What are the preconditions, challenges and enablers for networks with shared goals to sustain positive change at the same level?
  • b) How does collective action fit within the broader needs for greater effectiveness in peacebuilding? Is it a priority that can be supported, or are there other approaches more promising?
  • c) What are the implications of working towards a shared peacebuilding goal through different approaches/strategies?