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The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade. In 2019, there were 54 active conflicts around the world.

The human and economic cost of warfare is appalling. There are some 70 million refugees and internally displaced persons who have been driven from their homes by warfare. Their migration has affected the political stability of many nations. The economic cost of armed conflict is in the trillions of dollars

War not only causes unimaginable human suffering, but also has a direct impact upon the prosperity of us all and causes significant damage to the environment in which we live.

A New Approach to Working for Peace

We can do it! We can save lives! We can reverse the spreading of warfare around the world! The 101 peacemaking successes reported on this website prove that we can do it. The United Nations Peacekeeping Operations have been demonstrating effectiveness for over 50 years. With 188 international peace organizations supported by 84 funders working together with local citizens, we can do it!

 

How?

 

We can direct more of our effort and energy to stopping and preventing warfare occurring NOW versus hoping to promote peace in the distant future. Every day, lives are being lost to political violence. Over 70 million refugees and internally displaced persons are victims of armed conflict. Trillions of dollars are being spent every year on this madness. We can address today’s problem today!

 

We can support and perform the kind of activities that have demonstrated REAL RESULTS rather than merely seem to promote peace. Much compelling evidence exists: George Mason University’s Better Evidence Project is promoting and facilitating the use of that life-saving evidence. Why not do what has been proven to work?  Wars can be stopped. Peace is possible. 

 

We can collaborate, work together to stop or to prevent political violence. Working together is more effective than each of us operating independently, following our own theory of change.

 

We can draw on the knowledge of local people with deep knowledge of their situations, who understand local problems, cultures and motivations, to lead the work. Outsiders applying ideas based on their own backgrounds seldom succeed.

 

We can mobilize more resources for peacemaking by showcasing success stories to persuade potential funders that peacemaking works and can reduce the appalling human and economic cost of war.

 

We can and must use the abundant available evidence of how we can reduce armed conflict and contribute to a more peaceful world … NOW!

Five ways to improve actions to reduce warfare:

 

  1. Base resource allocation on evidence.

  2.  Collaborate following a coherent strategy.

  3. Rely more on local personnel to resolve local conflicts 

  4. Shift resources from peacebuilding to peacemaking

  5.  Learn how to establish peace systems.

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