Founded in 2008, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform is an action-oriented forum where stakeholders can build upon the contributions of Geneva to peacebuilding worldwide. It is led and operated by its stakeholders through an Advisory Board, serving the needs they determine, and working to showcase their policy, research, problems and successes in peacebuilding activities. The Platform facilitates cooperation and dialogue among peacebuilding actors in Geneva through a number of structured activities as well as informal discussions and debates.
The Platform works to consolidate the critical mass of peacebuilding actors, resources and expertise in Geneva. In particular, it plays a creative role in facilitating interaction with the Peacebuilding Commission, to which International Geneva can add much expertise, field experience, and a vibrant network of civil society organisations. Geneva is also an ideal location to strengthen stakeholder relations. The Platform thus acts as a Knowledge Platform, an Interface, and a Neutral Forum for Dialogue.
The Platform is a partnership between the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Interpeace and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO).
Policy and Research Papers
Operationalising Conflict Prevention as Strong, Resilient Systems: Approaches, Evidence, Action Points
Conflict prevention is experiencing renewed momentum within and outside the United Nations system. This momentum is built on growing understanding that timely investments towards tensions and stress factors yield significant results in political, economic and social terms. To fully unlock the potential of preventive action to consolidate peace and end violence, there needs to be better communication across sectors and institutions: on how conflict prevention practice has evolved over the last decade, and on the changing nature of conflict itself. What is more, there is a need for a more pronounced effort to distil the concrete evidence about when and how conflict prevention works. The paper locates conflict prevention within the emerging practise of strengthening resilient national systems, and explores operational issues about how to better assist such conflict prevention. The paper also reviews various conflict prevention approaches that have emerged from the fields of armed violence reduction, mediation, or the private sector.
Keeping the peace in Kenya: Lessons learned from the prevention of election-related violence in 2013
The outcome report of a joint initiative by the Graduate Institute’s Applied Research Seminar and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. This project had the objective to develop a better understanding of the workings of preventive actions surrounding the Kenyan elections of 2013. Over 6 months, this project conducted a thorough review of the literature and 19 semi-structured interviews with prevention experts in Kenya, Geneva and New York. This project occurred as part of the work stream on 'Prevention and Peacebuilding' of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and hopes to expand the evidence base of effective prevention practice.
What went wrong in the Central African Republic? International engagement and the failure to think conflict prevention
This paper presents the results of a project on international engagement in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a joint initiative by the Applied Research Seminar of the Graduate Institute’s Master in Development Studies and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. In light of the outbreak of violence in CAR at the end of 2012, the paper aims to decipher the shortfall in preventing conflict in CAR despite repeated international interventions over the last two decades.
Other papers published by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform are available.
This paper focuses on the role of the private sector in the prevention of electoral violence. The positive contribution of the private sector to conflict prevention, mediation and alleviation is increasingly recognised in policy and academic circles, yet little research has been carried out with respect to its role in the prevention of election violence. To this end, the paper considers the example of Kenya in the hope that novel lessons will be revealed for firms seeking to engage in conflict mitigation strategies related to election-related conflict.
Other papers published by the Geneva Peacebuilding platform are available.