Positive Peace is a solution to many of the common social and economic challenges affecting our world today.
An understanding of the attitudes, structures and institutions that help to create peace is essential for government, community and business leaders and their stakeholders. Through research of more than 25,000 datasets covering 10 years, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) has identified concrete strategies by which countries can invest in Positive Peace, thereby improving resilience, mitigating the risk of violence, and reducing the economic toll of conflict.
Through the delivery of workshops, project design and interventions, Positive Peace can guide governments, businesses and communities on investments in the eight Pillars of Positive Peace, strengthening the attitudes, institutions and social structures that create better developmental outcomes. The Positive Peace framework can be applied in many settings and provides a framework to understand, and then address, the multiple and complex challenges the world faces.
Not only is the framework applicable at the macro level for governments, it is also applicable and is used at the community level. Positive Peace projects can be tailored to a variety of different stakeholders including professionals working in development, peacebuilding, policing, military, health, education and government policy. The framework is non-political, culturally sensitive and impartial, and provides a neutral baseline from which recipients can create their own practical approaches to development.
Often peace can be thought of as something that is separate to development - or as just one aspect of development - which is delivered through training, mediation or conflict resolution practices. Through the implementation of the Positive Peace framework, developmental projects automatically become peacebuilding projects. By focusing on strengths and not deficits, the Positive Peace approach differs from traditional peacebuilding approaches that often begin with conflict analysis or community analysis. The emphasis of Positive Peace projects is on real action, led by the participants. The Positive Peace framework is capable of communicating complex concepts and research based findings in ways that are simple, practical and yet wholly effective.
Positive Peace projects can be tailored to a variety of different stakeholders including professionals working in development, peacebuilding, policing, military, health, education and government policy. The framework is non-political, culturally sensitive and impartial, and provides a neutral baseline from which recipients can create their own practical approaches to development. Through IEP’s six regional offices and the main Sydney office, IEP has partnered with organisations including multilaterals, governments, NGO’s and CSO’s, community organisations and universities, across six contents. Organisations like UNICEF and Rotary International have chosen to partner with IEP due to the strength of our research and the application of Positive Peace. The IEP ambassador programme, first launched in 2016 has so far attracted more than 3000 participants from over 105 countries.
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