Our work focuses on three interrelated strategic priorities:
1. Civil society support and inclusive engagement for peace.
Civil society actors play crucial roles in all societies. They are actors bringing people from different walks of life together. They provide crucial services and they allow for different ideas and perspectives to be discussed, negotiated and translated into action. Civil society is crucial for building inclusive societies. At the same time, civil society in conflict settings is affected by conflict and challenged to operate in complex civil spaces, where legal, political and security conditions are barriers for peacebuilding actions.
Therefore, LPI supports civil society actors in their conflict transformation work, through capacity building and joint engagement in research and action.
We understand capacity building as a mutual learning process, where LPI adds value to the work of its partners and vice versa. Joint engagement in Conflict Transformation is crucial. The “How” of peacebuilding work with partners will always depend on the analysis of peacebuilding needs and space as well as the specific priorities of partners.
2. Policy engagement and awareness-raising.
LPI engages directly and in collaboration with others to invite and motivate influential actors to assume their responsibilities for the promotion of justice and peace. Policy engagement of the Institute has a specific focus to deepen understanding of complex conflict dynamics and the multiple perspectives and priorities of everyday people experiencing conflict. LPI’s peacebuilding values and principles guide the process of policy engagement. In line with its multi-level approach, policies and policy actors on local, sub-national, national, regional and global levels feature as primary targets, depending on the issue and context.
3. Knowledge and Learning to enhance practice.
Through documentation, reflection and learning, LPI strives to continuously improve its peacebuilding work. This requires deep thinking and acknowledging that conflict transformation processes are rife with setbacks and challenges, as well as breakthroughs. LPI seeks to make the knowledge and experiences of LPI and its partners available to peacebuilding practitioners and research communities. This is done in strategic partnerships with relevant local and international researchers, academic actors and peacebuilding practitioners. At the same time, LPI gathers relevant theories, research findings and experiences from other contexts and organisations, and communicates them within LPI and to its partners.
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