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Global Peacebuilders Project
an article by Sarah Maitland, Project Coordinator

I work for Springboard Opportunities and I am writing to let you know about a new project I will be managing that may be of interest to you, or to your readers, consumers, members or partners.

The project is called Global Peacebuilders, and aims to bring together the sheer diversity of organisations and practitioners working in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and community relations around the world by putting together a large online and searchable database of organisations and their work profiles into one central site, where they can come together, increase their online presence and share information.

The project will also involve publishing a catalogue of best practice examples from a number of the participating organisations, which will be published in hardcopy and available online. In one year's time the project will culminate in an international conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The spirit behind the project is very much about increasing participation in peacebuilding activity around the world, and in building capacity, by offering an opportunity for organisations to take advantage of networking, disseminating successes and learning from one another.

The information I've given here is all very general at this stage, but if you thought it might be something that your organisations would be interested in, or if there would be a possibility of circulating information on our project on your website, through your networks, or in any of your publications, I would be delighted to hear from you.

A one-page press release giving more detailed information on Global Peacebuilders may be found in the discussion for this report.

More information is available at our website, www.springboard-opps.org.

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Press Release from Global Peacebuilders

Building community capacity for peacebuilding worldwide

The Global Peacebuilders project managed by Springboard Opportunities Limited is going live soon. Comprising an innovative online information-sharing portal, unique best practice catalogue and an international conference located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Global Peacebuilders project will connect researchers, academics, practitioners and organisations working on peace and reconciliation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding worldwide, and will provide a platform for disseminating achievements and building capacity for the future.

While every conflict across the world is distinct, the underlying causes are often similar, and there is much to be gained by building bridges between practitioners and sharing in the positive work and successes that have taken place. Not only within the context of the island of Ireland, but also beyond, there is a need for a positive place in which all conflict resolution and peacebuilding organisations can come together, share strategy, build momentum and increase their capacity for transforming conflict and creating the conditions for sustainable peace.

The Global Peacebuilders project will help build such a platform for disseminating achievements and sharing strategies for the future. Specifically, a fully-searchable 5-language online database of individuals and organisations working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding will be developed. The database will bring together organisations from across the global north and south, and, stemming from this, a comprehensive catalogue of best practice examples in conflict resolution and peacebuilding from around the world will be produced.

By building new relationships and spanning continental divides, the project will enable organisations to ‘broaden their horizons’, offering inspiration and strategic direction, and affording them a portal through which to share and incorporate innovation and best practice. . ...more.


This report was posted on April 16, 2007.