IEP research reveals that improving levels of Positive Peace is a solution to many of the common social and economic maladies afflicting countries worldwide. Countries that score poorly across all eight pillars of peace are invariably plagued by violence, war and civil conflict. Therefore, an awareness of the attitudes, structures and institutions that are conducive to peace is essential for community leaders and key stakeholders living in these countries to engage effectively with the peacebuilding process. IEP has identified concrete ways in which countries can invest in Positive Peace, thereby improving resilience, mitigating the risk of violence, and reducing the economic toll of conflict. There are two ways in which countries can begin the process of change, they can:
Positive Peace Workshops and Activating Positive Peace
One of the ways IEP assists in the process of implementing and actualising Positive Peace is through Positive Peace workshops. These are unique, IEP developed programs, which account for the nuance of local contexts and provide relevant and targeted courses to key stakeholders at the sub-national and community level. Positive Peace workshops not only edify community leaders and local politicians on how to improve Positive Peace on an individual and communal level, but also facilitate an ever-widening global network of peacebuilding professionals. IEP has conducted successful Positive Peace workshops in several countries, including: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Libya and Mexico. To ensure optimal results, IEP Positive Peace workshops are underpinned by the following three principles:
They are guided by a participatory and locally-focused strategy. The approach for the Positive Peace workshops is based on the fundamental concepts of local ownership, local leadership and multi-stakeholder partnership.
Workshops are sensitive to the intricacies of local dynamics. By letting the local communities define what the interventions should be, workshops ensure that the activities are culturally sensitive and viable and appropriate in the local context.
They are designed to complement and not disrupt other more formal or technocratic peacebuilding approaches.