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

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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.

Schematic of city buildings Urban Atrocities: Exploring Identity-Based Mass Violence in Cities

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s Impact:Peace Initiative released an analysis of identity-based mass violence in cities, which was completed in partnership with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. The research report and accompanying discussion paper represent major progress in advancing collaboration between the atrocity prevention community and those focused on addressing acute and systemic violence at city-level.

Our Foundation

Accelerating Change

Impact:Peace utilizes a dynamic, agile evidence infrastructure to accelerate and amplify the most promising change processes in the peacebuilding field, whenever and wherever they are happening. Detailed in our launch report, Impact:Peace is committed to collaborating with partners to strategically connect knowledge with those driving positive change in peacebuilding and violence prevention. See an overview above.

Between May and July 2019, we held a series of conversations with partners in the field to strategically determine the scope of the Impact:Peace Initiative. Read the launch report produced from our conversations here.

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 evidence brief, Making the Case for Peace in Our Cities: Halving Urban Violence by 2030, Rachel Locke, Director of the Impact:Peace initiative, summarizes the most relevant evidence of what works to address community violence in cities. This brief aims to contribute to the debate on how we can do better to save lives and build more socially productive and peaceful cities.

In 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, member cities prioritized gaps in knowledge relating to how to adapt to violence prevention efforts as the pandemic continues. Impact:Peace initiated action-oriented research in 6 different areas: (1) violence against women; (2) violence in informal settlements; (3) violence associated with organized crime/criminal groups; (4) city interaction with national or state policy that may hamper prevention efforts; (5) social media’s influence on violence; and (6) how to foster healthy relationships between communities and law enforcement. The first two evidence briefs can be found here: Preventing Violence in Informal Settlements in the Age of COVID-19 and Communities, Police and Relationships during COVID-19.

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

Impact:Peace was made possible through an initial gift by Milt Lauenstein. USD has established a challenge to raise additional funding  — if you'd like to invest in Impact:Peace, you can give a contribution of your own.

Impact:Peace Advisory Committee

  • Frederick Barton
  • Kyleanne Hunter
  • Conor Seyle
  • Graeme Simpson
  • Jennifer Smyser
  • Uzra Zeya