Peace building

CPD provides practical support to help people affected by violent conflict achieve lasting peace. We draw on our shared experiences to influence policies and improve peace-building practice in Somalia through tested participatory best practices that not only aim at resolving conflicts but also supporting sustained peace among previously warring communities.

We work with various community groups, traditional peacemakers and governmental agencies to transform social conflicts into opportunities for peaceful change.

We cultivate innovation by accelerating and integrating new concepts and approaches to peace and security. We encourage inventive and collaborative programming that strengthens peacebuilding practice. We push the boundaries of traditional peacebuilding, and pioneer new connections across sectors in related fields. Across our work, we build strong links with key stakeholders in the policy, academic, media, arts, business, government and non-governmental circles.

Our peacebuilding methodology rests on three pillars:

  • Conflict analysis before, during and after our time of intervention, informing the design of our projects, providing information and insight, aiding all who are helping to transform conflict.
  • Facilitating dialogue between groups affected by conflict, building trust and confidence, creating a shared vision for the future and laying foundations for the restoration of peace.
  • Building resilience beyond our time of intervention, by equipping local people with skills needed for peacebuilding, giving a voice to people who aren’t normally heard (including women and youths), communicating and advocating recommendations from dialogue processes to policy makers, and sharing our lessons learned with others.

Our theories of change, developed for each project, are built around the premise that informed dialogue between influential people on different sides of conflict-

  • Builds trust across lines of conflict and social divisions.
  • Facilitates consensus-building on the basis of shared interests.
  • Contributes positively to negotiation processes.
  • Creates the climate for more general peaceful relations.