We work with communities to address underlying tensions, resolve conflicts, and increase resilience to future violence with collaborative approaches to peacebuilding and reconciliation. Employing creative methods of building peace between war-torn communities, we tailor our approach to the local context and use technology to enhance and amplify outcomes. Our programs address feelings of marginalization and exclusion that can contribute to further violence or disrupt reconciliation processes. In Côte D’Ivoire, we partnered with nearly 50 NGOs, youth groups, local government institutions, and civil society actors to identify and cope with causes of conflict. Our projects that address land rights and tenure have helped mitigate conflict in Bolivia, Burundi, Colombia, Ecuador, and Tajikistan.
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation.
Promoting a Moderate, Inclusive, and Stable Syria
Amid the conflict in Syria, local efforts to build a peaceful and inclusive future and resist extremism need support.
Restoring Essential Services in Syria
Electricity, schools, roads, and other essential services are out of reach for many of Syria’s conflict-affected communities, magnifying the instability of their recovery efforts.
Building Peace in Libya
It is important to build stability and resiliency through civic engagement and community dialogue in Libya.
Strengthening Interethnic Cooperation in Kosovo
Kosovo Serbs and other minority populations must be further integrated into the country’s institutions and society to help the country become more stable.
Promoting Peace and Communal Cohesion in Côte d’Ivoire
After a decade of political and economic crisis culminating in the 2010-2011 post-electoral conflict, Côte d’Ivoire is charting a new course toward economic recovery and political stability.
Using Civic Justice to Disrupt Cycles of Violence: Lessons Learned from Mexico
Last month in Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico, a woman returned to her vehicle to find she was being ticketed by a police officer for parking in a no parking zone. She became verbally aggressive towards the officer, pushed him, and accused him of distributing tickets only to collect bribes. Three years ago, Morelia authorities would…
3 Questions with Todd Diamond on Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence
This post was adapted from an interview between Elisabeth Dallas, Chemonics’ Peace, Stability and Transition Practice director, and Todd Diamond, a conflict, stability, and security director in Chemonics’ U.K. Division. For the full interview, watch the video below. How are violent extremism and gang violence — and the development community’s approaches to them — similar?…
Education as a Key to Solving Conflicts
Those of us who work in peacebuilding pull out every tool in our toolbox to solve conflicts — we talk about infrastructure, jobs, agriculture, governance, and youth programs. But youth programs tend to focus on out-of-school individuals aged 18-35 years old, not school-aged children. And rarely do people talk about supporting children — nor education…
News: Joining the Conversation on Stability
What is stability? A single definition of “stability” could go a long way in aligning the international community’s priorities around addressing fragility and the risk of instability. On June 26 to 27, the Stabilization Symposium brings together world leaders, development practitioners, private sector representatives, and policymakers to look at applying a single definition of stability…
News: Chemonics Presents at #PeaceCon2016
How can development interventions effectively address the complex challenges facing communities grappling with violence? What lessons have we learned through our work in conflict and post-conflict settings? What are the tools and methods that best galvanize communities to work together to address violence and promote security and peace? The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is holding…
Can Teaching Human Rights in Conflict Zones Build Peace?
When the governor’s office of Antioquia first approached USAID’s Colombia Human Rights Program (HRP III) with the idea of creating the first ever official human rights school, I couldn’t help but think, “Oh no, not another school.” Unfortunately, it is often the case that students, particularly in the area of human rights, are exposed to…
Know Your SDGs: To Create Sustainable Peace, A Focus On Governance Is Necessary But Not Enough
Daily headlines highlight the urgent need for the international community to find a coherent shared approach to managing and mitigating conflict. In Syria alone — just one of the countries most affected by war in recent years — 74,000 people died in 2014 and nearly 250,000 have died in the last three years due to…
Putting Conflict in Context
In the past few weeks, we’ve all seen the headlines as growing numbers of refugees flee the ongoing conflict in Syria. According to the armed conflicts database maintained by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, there are currently 42 active conflicts in the world, more than 12 million refugees, and approximately 180,000 people have been…