The Power of Peace
MISSION IN ACTION
The Front Line of the Future
Transformative Peace supports taking a principled and inclusive based approach to peacebuilding. Our work combines research, analysis, and field experience, and we devise strategies and conflict solutions through careful examinations of a given conflict.
We possess broad expertise within numerous issue areas,
and offer special insight on the following:
Women, Peace & Security
Study after study demonstrates that the voices of women are crucial to reducing conflict, advancing stability, and building lasting peace. When women have a seat at the peacebuilding table governmental accountability improves, and abuses against civilians decrease. Having a PVE gendered lens is critical in understanding the roles men and women play in preventing or supporting violent extremism, as well as their experiences as victims. A gendered PVE approach calls for a holistic approach that examines the similarities & differences in the vulnerabilities and realities of women/girls and men/boys to determine appropriate interventions and to amplify the different perspectives that women and men can bring to peace and security. Transformative Peace works to address the structural inequalities and deteriorating security situations that effectively exclude women from civil governance. We consider increasing the effective participation of women in peacemaking and conflict prevention to be a key priority, and it is a critical component to our program design and training programs.
Intra & Interfaith Dialogue
Conflict resolution and conflict prevention strategies are often approached from a Western perspective that centers around secular frameworks for peacebuilding. This approach overlooks the unique contributions of religious frameworks and faith leaders in mediation, conflict resolution and violence prevention. Faith leaders are often uniquely positioned for fostering and facilitating dialogue and shaping community perceptions of peace and conflict.
Intra and interfaith-based dialogue can play a central role in building sustainable peace and fostering resilient communities. Transformative Peace is committed to both mediating the difficult faith based discussions every community must undertake if they strive to end religious violence, combat extremism, and nurture peace. We also work with religious leaders to empower them with the training and tools to better engage in dialogue amongst their peers and those of other faiths, and to play more active roles in preventing violence and sustaining peace. Transformative Peace considers bridging the gaps that exist between different denominations and faiths crucial, for it not only fosters understanding, but it also creates space for negotiation, compromise, and civil recourse.
Preventing All Forms of Violent Extremism
To prevent recruitment by violent extremist groups, nation-states need to identify and understand recruitment methods and the localized and gendered drivers of violent extremism. The drivers of violent extremism can vary from setting to setting; they are context-driven, hyper-local, complex, and diverse. While there is no "one-size-fits-all approach" to preventing extremism, all violent extremisms, regardless of religion or worldview, exhibit specific identifiable characteristics, making the transfer of lessons learned from one context to another viable and necessary. Increased militarization and aggressive security approaches have not addressed the grievances that gave rise to violent extremism in the first place. In eliminating violent extremism where it takes root, policymakers must cultivate community-based, community-led programs.
Leaders need to respond to extremism in its local contexts, and resist the temptation to adopt narrow, one-size-fits-all responses that are rooted in securitization, militarization, and Islamophobia. Effective programming should be tailored and gendered to address local contexts' strengths and challenges- in design, implementation, and evaluation. Transformative Peace considers engaging with those vulnerable to extremist recruitment to be vitally important. As agents of positive change, we encourage nuanced, meaningful engagement with affected communities, and help divest governments from securitization approaches to civic challenges.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to conflict and when Western conceptions of conflict resolution alone are used as the benchmark, they can often overlook local, traditional, or religious nuance. Different contexts require different solutions that take into account these nuances, local cultures and contexts, and can bring all relevant parties to the table. Transformative Peace employs an inclusive, human rights-based approach to building sustainable and transformative peace that accounts for and builds from indigenous frameworks for conflict resolution and encourages local ownership of the process.
Our expert consultants research conflicts and generate holistic strategies through focused analysis of history, culture, politics, faith, and evidence-based research. Our aim is not to simply end conflict, but to bring disparate parties together, unclog channels of communication, and facilitate dialogue that sparks long term and sustainable change. We tailor our facilitation of peace processes and conflict resolution strategies to be based on the needs of local communities, and to respond to local constraints in order to ensure no further harm is caused. Ultimately, our goal is to not only prevent future conflict, but also to open the door to post-conflict reconciliation, and eventually, begin the journey to lasting and locally sustainable peace.