Building Peace Together

The visibility of violent conflict from all over the world in our daily digest of news and media creates a sense that violence – or the threat of violence – is ever-present, when in fact, it is peace that is the norm. Building Peace Together makes the case for peacebuilding and provides a myriad of tools that can be used by actors across the board.

The report encompasses advice and guidance on peacebuilding principles, conflict sensitivity and due diligence, all necessary for any engagement. With 80 real-world examples of peacebuilding "tools," as well as extensive reflective exercises, Building Peace Together is a practical reference for inclusive, long-term responses to today's security challenges. Our report is aimed at peace practitioners, policymakers, and citizens with a commitment to more peaceful societies. The peacebuilding tools are categorised in 11 sectors resembling a government ministries such as justice, environment and education.

The report argues that peacebuilding requires an in-depth understanding of context, of the nature of the conflict dynamic and a conjuction of actions across a wide range of sectors. It enables any actor to see their engagement through a peacebuilding lens and makes peacebuilding everyone’s business.

For more detail on launch events for Building Peace Together, see below.

Building Peace Together in the words of peacebuilders

Launch Events

Check here for information on new events, as and when they occur.



  • Thursday 15 March, 17h-18h30
    Quaker House Brussels
    18h30-20h00: Reception
  • Opening Remarks: François Cornet d'Elzius, Belgian Representative to the Political and Security Committee to the EU
    Jan Reinder Rosing, EEAS PRISM
    Ben Moore, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
    Olivia Caeymaex, QCEA
    Moderator: Andrew Lane, QCEA
  • Monday 19 March, 13h00-14h30
    European Parliament Library Reading Room, Brussels
  • "Preparing for Peace or Preparing for War: Redressing the balance"
  • Moderator: Molly Scott Cato MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance 
  • Ben Moore, Assistant Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
    Pekka Haavisto, President, European Institute for Peace (EIP)
    Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
  • Wednesday 21 March, 18h-20h
    Friends House in London, Hilda Clark Room
  • Opening remarks and moderation: Marigold Bentley, Head of Peace Programmes and Faith Relations, QPSW
  • Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
    Julian Egan, Head of Advocacy, International Alert
    Charlotte Morris, Senior Conflict Adviser Research and Evidence Division, DFID
    Respondent: Tobias Wellner, East Africa Programme Manager, QPSW
  • Building Security: Trust or Fear
  • 20 April, 09:30-16:30 - The Helix, Dublin
  • Dublin City University (DCU) Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), and the Dublin Monthly Meeting Peace Committee are organising a conference bridging academics, policy makers and civil society to discuss the new security environment and the changing roles and responsibilities. Panelists will include representatives of NATO, INTERPOL, SIPRI, DCU, QCEA and EPLO.
  • For more info, and to register, click here.
  • 14 June, The Hague
  • QCEA and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
  • A launch event of Building Peace Together with GPPAC is scheduled to take place in the Hague on 14 June from 12h30-15h. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Dutch Security Strategy 2018-22 in relation to issues of ownership and ensuring long-term impact. Representatives from the EU External Action Service and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs will join the panel along with GPPAC and QCEA.
  • 13 – 14 June, Berlin
  • FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum
  • QCEA is invited to take part of the panel discussion on EU-Foreign- Security/Development Policy.



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What is particularly welcome is the way this report shows the very wide range of approaches and actions that are possible. That, alone, is likely to prove a real source of inspiration.

-- Professor Paul Rogers, University of Bradford

Peacebuilding is an art, not a science. It’s also an incredibly broad tent, covering a wide range of approaches, including diplomacy, dialogue, media initiatives, certain types of economic development, and many, many more.

-- Phil Vernon, Director of Programmes (2004-17), International Alert



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