A participant in the Peace Initiative Network, an Alliance for Peacebuilding member based in Nigeria that participated in the Peacebuilding Mapping Project survey.
Peacebuilding as a field has grown exponentially since 1992, when then U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s seminal report “An Agenda for Peace” identified peacebuilding as an essential instrument for managing and resolving conflicts between and within states. While numerous surveys of peacebuilding activities within the United Nations systems and elsewhere have been undertaken since then, there had been no survey of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations dedicated to peacebuilding.
A project – funded by the United States Institute of Peace and implemented by the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) in partnership with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (KSPS) – aimed to fill that gap. The Peacebuilding Mapping Project mapped the current field of peacebuilding through survey research targeting AfP members, as well as other organizations working in conflict contexts.
The results of the research project were presented at the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s annual conference in May 2012, and the full report, entitled Peacebuilding 2.0: Mapping the Boundaries of an Expanding Field, was launched at the United States Institute of Peace in October 2012.
KSPS Professor Necla Tschirgi was the principal investigator for the project, which was overseen by IPJ Executive Director Milburn Line, with contributions from KSPS alumna Jill Covert ('09) and Program Officer Elena McCollim.
For background on the project, go to http://allianceforpeacebuilding.org/pmp.