Peacebuilding refers to a broad range of activities which seek to prevent a return to violence in countries emerging from conflict but also to directly address root causes of conflict and create the structures, systems and attitudes that enable people to live in peace and manage differences without recourse to violence in the long term. Peacebuilding programmes take many forms spanning security, socio-economic, and political/governance interventions, as well as reconciliation & healing activities. Peacebuilding has an explicit goal to address factors that cause or allow conflict and violence.

CARE’s definition of peacebuilding

“Peacebuilding is a comprehensive, long-term process working towards sustainable peace based on the values of rights and human dignity. Peacebuilding recognises and supports the central role that local actors and processes have in ending violence and constructively addressing both the immediate effects and structural causes of violent conflict.”

Why is this important to CARE?

Many COs in conflict or emergent peace situations have found that addressing poverty alone is not sufficient to create sustainable development and the realisation of people’s rights. Implementing peacebuilding programming can help make development possible and sustainable. CARE has longstanding and widespread presence in many conflict-affected countries, and in particular strong relationships at the grassroots community level. This gives us a significant reach and credibility for engaging in peacebuilding initiatives, a unique contribution in a situation where the space for single-mandate peacebuilding agencies is decreasing. Increasing the level and effectiveness of CARE peacebuilding programming could make significant contributions to peace and poverty reduction.

For an example of a CARE Peacebuilding Project see this video of CARE in Burundi

CARE’s niche in peacebuilding

CARE’s wider range of programming before, during and after conflicts enables us to take an integrated approach to development and peacebuilding. Our long standing relationships at community level, our credibility with national governments and our global reach make us well placed to:

  1. Facilitate trust building within and between communities
  2. To help raise community voices and issues at a higher decision-making levels and
  3. Support the translation of national and international policy initiatives into good practice at the local level.

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