Values and Guiding Principles

  • We believe in the inherent dignity, goodness, and competence of people to create just and peaceful communities.

  • We believe that all people should have the equal opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have a voice in the decisions that affect them.

  • We believe the best way to achieve sustainable peace is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where the conflicts are located.

  • We believe in a better understanding of our common humanity that promotes inter-ethnic cooperation, political and economic participation and commitment to the common good.

  • We believe in a strong, efficient and effective institutions, organizations, networks, and a knowledge base informed by research and theory is important for achieving sustainable peace.

  • We believe that a strategic commitment to funding which understands the complexity and long-term nature of peacebuilding, the multiple peacebuilding functions and activities required, to constructively transform protracted conflicts is the most effective way to support, implement, and sustain the building of an infrastructure for peace over the long term.