Why are we running this project?
With the global peacebuilding system in flux, it is critical that we seize the growing momentum for change to enhance the power and agency of local actors in conflict affected contexts. Despite proliferating efforts towards change, leveraging this momentum and providing space to transcend piecemeal innovation towards systems transformation is key.
What are our goals?
Specifically with the grant from Robert Bosch Stiftung, CSP aims to contribute to the transformation of the global system of support to peacebuilding in a manner that changes the structures, attitudes and processes of collaboration and creates a more enabling space for local peacebuilding. It aims to build momentum and inspiration for change, support change agents to leverage change and catalyze joint action for shifting power to local actors.
Activities will result in:
- Increased momentum and demand for change in the international peacebuilding system.
- Strengthened capacity and coalitions of change agents leveraging change.
- Increased joint and innovative action among change agents changing the current international peacebuilding system.
At the overall impact level:
- This contributes to more effective and sustainable peacebuilding and global collaboration.
- Which again contributes to less violent conflicts, less human rights violations and conflict-related deaths and displacements.
- Which again contributes to more support being available for long-term development and resilience.
If successful, 10 years from now the global peacebuilding system, such as UN agencies and bilateral donors, will support local peacebuilding in ways where their engagement is led by local actors and shaped primarily by the specific needs, priorities, knowledge and ideas of the local actors.
How does the project work?
Three interlinked strands of activities are taken forward in the framework of a Systems Innovation Platform:
- Learning through exchange: An accessible and engaging co-created joint learning and resource space that sparks inspiration and exchange between change agents, building on a mapping of promising practices.
- Network weaving and convening: A community space for change agents to connect, develop and strengthen a global web of linkages, working for systems change through innovative methods of network building, including online and in person convenings.
- Accompaniment for innovation: The provision of pathways for change agents to take forward their learnings and innovations linking opportunities to accompany others and be accompanied by CSP for transformative change.
Who are the target groups?
The project targets stakeholders who make up the global peacebuilding system and hold the potential to change it. These include those already attempting to influence the systems and institutions they are part of and have leverage in the form of political and social capital that they are willing to invest. They are actors working within local peacebuilding organisations, INGOs, donor agencies, multilateral institutions, think tanks and research institutions.
Who organizes and supports the project?
Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) is an international NGO with its main office in Denmark. Its core mandate is to transform the global peacebuilding system to better enable locally-led peacebuilding, with the main aim of shifting power to local peacebuilders. CSP focuses on building momentum for change, supporting change agents in coming together to catalyze change, and engaging in systems innovation that can lead to transformative change.