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.


Praise for Building Peace Together

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


Building Peace Together in 30 seconds


Launch Events

A number of launch events for the report are scheduled in the coming months.

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

RSVP by March 12 to Dilia Zwart: dilia.zwart@qcea.org

Monday 19 March, 13h15-15h00
European Parliament Library, Brussels

"Preparing for Peace or Preparing for War: Redressing the balance"

Much of the world is turning towards further militarisation in response to evolving security challenges today. However, research shows that there is a need to address root causes of conflict and reinforce conflict prevention to address the changing nature of violence. Can civilian peacebuilding really address what many percieve as an increase in violence? A recent report by the Quaker Council for European Affairs makes the case for peacebuilding and explores over 40 ways of doing peacebuilding through 11 sectors, such as economics, arts and culture, education and justice. Join us for an exciting launch event of the report Building Peace Together that will show how peacebuilding is everyone's business, including policy makers, private sector and citizens.

Opening remarks and moderation: Ben Moore, Assistant Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)

Molly Scott Cato MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
RSVP by March 16 to Vivien Wohsmann: molly.scottcato-office@ep.europa.eu

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
Representative of UK Government Stabilisation Unit (tbc)
Respondent: Tobias Wellner, East Africa Programme Manager, QPSW

RSVP by Monday March 19 to Dilia Zwart: dilia.zwart@qcea.org

There are also upcoming external events when the report will be featured:

Friday 20 April, 10h-17h
The Helix, Dublin

Building Security: Trust or Fear

Event organised with Dublin City University and Dublin Yearly Meeting

Panelists will include representatives of NATO, INTERPOL, SIPRI, DCU, QCEA, EPLO (...)

13 – 14 June
Berlin, FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

QCEA is invited to take part of the panel discussion on EU-Foreign- Security/Development Policy.