LPI is an international and ecumenical centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace.
Project and programme related funding comes from a range of sources including governmental and international organisations, foundations, trusts and churches in different countries, as well as individual donors. For more information click here.
People around the world have expressed their interest and wish to be involved in LPI’s work. Individual support makes a valuable contribution the organisation’s work. For details click here.
LPI has three interrelated strategic priorities and tries to implement them in a coherent and complementary way. These priorities guide the organisation’s work in all of our field peacebuilding programmes:
- Civil society support and engagement
- Policy work and awareness-raising
- Cross-fertilisation of conflict transformation theory and practice
Click here for a detailed description of each priority.
LPI’s work is based on the following seven principles: understanding the context, coherent work on all levels, building on local knowledge, local ownership and long-term perspectives, gender-sensitivity, accountability, transparency and trust, and impartiality. If you would like to know more, click here.
Common instruments, methods, resources and strategies are needed. These modalities complement LPI’s guiding principles in describing how LPI’s work is carried out. Click here for a description of the most common implementation modalities.
Much can be said but reflect on this definition by one of the most appreciated peace researchers and practitioners, Professor John-Paul Lederach:
“Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human relationships”. – John Paul Lederach
LPI offers capacity-building and works with local civil society organisations as well as universities in Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
LPI recognises the regional aspect as key both in the analysis and the solutions to conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions. Its work is therefore built on a thorough understanding of this regional dimension. Read more about our programmes.
LPI’s work in research and conflict transformation has resulted in different kinds of books, reports and papers, as well as regular reporting in the periodicals. Access here.