Conflict transformation and peacebuilding are dependent upon effective cooperation with organisations within conflict-affected societies to ensure that activities are culturally and contextually sensitive and to ensure sustainability.

LPI works in partnerships with local civil society organisations to ensure local ownership in every step of the project management cycle. By learning from, and building the capacity of, these partners, LPI hopes to empower them as agents for change in their own contexts. To ensure both local ownership and sustainability, LPI only enters into a conflict area/country with clear invitation from a local civil society actor.

Partnership and peace are seen as processes, and so LPI believes in engaging in a region for a longer period of time, setting long-term goals together with partner organisations, but also planning for withdrawal when the time is right.