Impact:Peace

Creating better funded, more effective peacebuilding that results in a reduction of violent conflict worldwide.

The world is experiencing a 30-year high in violent conflict. Battle deaths worldwide have increased by 340% over the last 10 years. Efforts to limit violent conflict are fragmented and inadequate, with insufficient hard evidence about where best to allocate resources. To reverse these negative trends, we need to create smarter, more effective, better-funded ways to reduce violent conflict and build peaceful societies. We launched the Impact:Peace Initiative in partnership with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security and the +Peace Coalition to create the breakthrough we need.

Impact:Peace will leverage evidence to accelerate the most important change processes in the peacebuilding field. We will collaborate with partners to synthesize the most rigorous research available, produce original research, and develop innovative ways to connect that evidence with those driving positive change.

Our Foundation

Our Current Campaign

Impact:Peace utilizes a dynamic, agile evidence infastructure to accelerate and amplify the most promising change processes in the peacebuilding field, whenever and wherever they are happening. See an overview above.

The Peace In Our Cities Campaign seeks to galvanize a movement of people, mayors, and city governments to halve and transform urban violence by 2030 — see the pledge here.

In our most recent Kroc Insight, Global Violence, Urban Innovation: Launching the Peace in Our Cities Campaignwe present important knowledge on how Impact:Peace and the Peace in Our Cities campaign can help drive change by putting evidence behind city efforts to support integrated approaches to violence reduction.

The Approach

We will work with advocates, practitioners, and policymakers to identify the policy and advocacy processes within the peacebuilding field that have the most potential for real impact on the ground. Impact:Peace will create a powerful, agile, evidence infrastructure to accelerate and amplify these change processes. The ultimate goal: a significant reduction of violent conflict worldwide.

Synthesize and Produce Evidence, Shapers and Influencers, accelerate change processes, less violent conflict

Give to Impact:Peace

The Impact:Peace initiative is made possible through the generous gift of $1 million in seed funding by Milt Lauenstein. USD has established a challenge to raise additional funding beginning with a $1 million match — if you'd like to invest in Impact:Peace, you can give a contribution of your own.