The Role of Philanthropy in Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Peace and security funders are making important contributions to global peace and stability, despite making up less than one percent of total foundation giving. In 2013 alone, an analysis of grantmaking conducted by Foundation Center found that 288 foundations made nearly 2,000 grants totaling $283.2 million globally, with 8% of this going to Europe. These funders are investing in efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict and to rebuild after conflict.
Beyond investment, Dr Avila Kilmurray argues in her recent study that funders working in “conflict-affected environments must, of necessity, go beyond the technicalities of grant-making to consider the power struggles that lie at the heart of contested societies”. The study shows that while some of the challenges and obligations experienced by organisations operating in conflict settings are unique to grantmakers, most are shared with other civil society organisations: changing conflict dynamics, the importance of upholding principles like conflict sensitivity and “do no harm”, willingness to take risks, understanding the context, and identifying and partnering with local actors and initiatives.
Under the theme, “Beyond Grantmaking: The Role of Philanthropy in Conflict Prevention and Resolution”, the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), the Foundation Center and DAFNE will co-host an event that brings together a group of about 25 foundations, trusts, philanthropic associations and other civil society organisations to explore common challenges and emerging practices within the field of conflict prevention and resolution.
The event will explore the following questions around conflict prevention and resolution:
Confirmed speakers are:
The day is made up of plenary sessions, workshops and includes a networking lunch.
Participation is free and by invitation only. If you are interested to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the interest of providing a distraction-free environment to all participants, Foundation Center and the GCSP maintain a no-solicitation policy covering this event.
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