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Executive Summary - Quality Financing for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

Practical Avenues to Improve Support for Local Peace Actors

In 2023, the Life & Peace Institute (LPI) partnered with our colleagues at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) to identify seven principles of quality financing for peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

The current funding systems do not respond to the dynamic needs of local peace actors. Yet, Local peace actors are widely acknowledged as critical agents in peacebuilding and sustaining peace. They are first responders to rising tensions and emerging crises; understand the drivers of conflict; and advance solutions for (re)building and sustaining peace at the community level. Importantly, local peace actors are trusted and legitimate actors in their communities.

This paper suggests practical avenues to improve financial support for these actors whose work is an essential complement to international conflict prevention, peacebuilding efforts and sustaining peace.

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