What We Do
Swedepeace aims at improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of peace and security initiatives by focusing on the interface and linkages between theory, policy and practice and by:
- Implementing peace and human security initiatives in collaboration with partners;
- Supporting other actors programming of peace and human security;
- Having a constructive influence on international and national policy making and practice;
- Encouraging and supporting development cooperation and humanitarian assistance to promote peace, human security and conflict sensitivity; and
- Supporting corporate social responsibility and sound investments in fragile states.
Areas of activity and work, within the framework of peace and human security, include: financial assistance (observe, at the present no financial assistance is provided), analysis and research, policy and method development, project and programme design, implementation of projects and programmes, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, education and training, development dialogue and other activities compatible with the purpose Swedepeace.
Below you find some examples of Swedepeace present and past engagements. For more details on activities, please read the news.
Swedepeace participated (2009) in the Listening Project in Afghanistan – a project headed by Swedepeace partner CDA in collaboration with the Fenstein International Center at Tufts University. The project served to elevate the concerns and viewpoints of the recipients of development aid, through consultations in which recipients could express experiences and judgements on receiving aid. The Listening Project is gathering evidence from around 20 countries to help donors improve aid effectiveness from the perspective of those in need.
In the capacity of CDA Facilitator, Swedepeace led a team of 8 listeners from Afghan Aid, Concern, and Acted that engaged in conversation with more than 200 community members, aid workers, and officials in the northern province of Badakhshan.
Swedepeace, together with its Afghan partner Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) produced a Strategic Conflict Analysis on Afghanistan (2011-2102) for the Swedish Government and Sida. More than 20 team members, mostly Afghans, participated in the team that identified drivers of peace and conflict, future scenarios and contingencies for international support to peace and development. The effort was directed at the national level and Northern Afghanistan. The study has been presented to an international audience as well as to the Swedish Parliament.
In 2012, Swedepeace made a scoping study for Sida analyzing the conditions for local democracy in northern Afghanistan. Especial emphasis was given to the challenges of violent conflict and the fragility of the local Afghan state. This study helped Sida to plan for the increase in aid in consolidating advances in the, comparatively, more calmer north.
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects administered a project to facilitate the ongoing peacebuilding process in Liberia through increasing awareness and competency in the field of conflict sensitivity. Specifically, the aim of the project was to support the Peacebuilding Office under the Ministry for Internal Affairs in its effort to train government officials in conflict sensitivity in congruence with the national Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Swedepeace participated as team member (2010) in an international team of five experts to facilitate a Do No Harm (DNH) Training of Trainers (ToT) for government representatives. This training was followed by field visits in three provinces in which the newly trained personnel facilitated a one and a half day workshop on conflict sensitivity with community leaders, with the assistance of a representative from the international team.
The Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme (ZPSP) is a nationally-driven program aimed to build the capacity and willingness to reach consensus on a national security sector transformation strategy. The program adopts an impartial and holistic approach and undertakes capacity building, research, and consultation in its attempt to reach its goal. The program is supported by the three branches of the Zimbabwean government, other political stakeholders, as well as key civil society and community actors, all of whom are represented in the program.
Swedepeace is core partner with ZPSP (2009-), and assists the program in capacity building, program design and implementation, and the sharing of best practices. In this effort, Swedepeace collaborates with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), the Southern African Defence and Security Management Network (SADSEM), and the Centre for Security for Security Sector Management to name a few.
In an effort to enhance role of civil society in peacebuilding, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) created the Civil Peace Service (ZFD). After an initial phase, BMZ contracted the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, to conduct evaluations of ZFD, and its ability to enhance German development aid in the name of peacebuilding.
Under the auspices of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Swedepeace collaborated with a Team Leader who managed the evaluation of ZFD in Guatemala (2010). The evaluation was a follow-up of an earlier evaluation carried out in 2002, and aimed at discerning to what extent German aid had sustained and enhanced the efforts for peace in Guatemala.
OECD-DAC and its network on conflict and fragility (INCAF), having the global lead on policy development for donors, is engaged in many processes with member states to improve development and aid effectiveness. In 2011-2012, INCAF engaged in a global project to understand challenges and possible approaches to improving donor’s effectiveness in supporting programming in the justice and security sector. Swedepeace provided an expert (2012-2013) that lead a team making a field study in Guatemala on USAID’s and EU’s programming. The report focused on the use of a more process oriented approach to increase effectiveness of donor security and justice programming.
The Swiss Program on Security Sector Reform in Southern Sudan aims to develop capacities and competencies so as to assist in transforming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) into a professional and accountable army under democratic control. The project is managed by the Swiss Armed Forces in close collaboration with the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) and SPLA and with the support of the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), as well as the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). The focus of the project lies in the areas of strengthening democratic control and oversight, as well as promoting international humanitarian law.
Swedepeace participated as team member in following up the ongoing security sector reform process, as well as helping build up local capacities and assist the local actors to manage towards results.
The Organization of American States (OAS) has long supported and promoted a peaceful resolution to the Colombian conflict. In this endeavor, the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process (MAPP/OEA) in Colombia requested for an external evaluation of its activities. The evaluation was administered by the Executive Committee of the Evaluation, consisting of the OAS, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.
Swedepeace led an international team of five experts in the evaluation of OAS’ verification of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program, as well as the ongoing justice and peace process in Colombia. This work was conducted in collaboration with Swedepeace partners Sipu International and Cerac.
Since 2010, Swedepeace provides expert support to the Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Their mid-career academic peacebuilding programme aims at increasing the peacebuilding capacity among professionals from all over the world. Swedepeace contribution is training on the use of conflict analysis for finding options for action, including scenario analysis with contingencies, at the national level or for projects and programmes.
Israel and Palestine
After 10 years working for human rights and peace in Israel and Palestine, the World Council of Churches needed to evaluate their programme sending peace observers to Israel/Palestine to protect people in the conflict and to, globally, advocating for just peace (EAPPI). Swedepeace did a thorough analysis of relevance, effectiveness and sustainability and provided recommendations on how to improve EAPPI’s important work for just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Development of Tools and Capacity Building
In an effort to enhance global practice on Security Sector Reform (SSR), the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) is producing a series of operational guidance notes (OGNs) covering various approaches, methodologies and tools for assessment on security and justice sector reform based on best practice. As 19 donor countries and IGOs are members of ISSAT, these OGNs will serve to further SSR work globally.
Björn Holmberg, Swedepeace, has supported the process by co-authoring the draft OGN on “Planning SSR Assessment” and by authoring the draft OGN on “Programme Design, Approaches, Methodologies and Tools” as well as “Programme Design and Improved Harmonization and Alignment”. Continuous support is also provided to ISSAT in enhancing work for human security.
During 2011-2012, Swedepeace made a needs assessment among Sida’s partners regarding work in conflict zones. Another initiatives was to lead a process, on the behalf of Sida, to capture experiences from civil society organizations and to to discover, in a participatory manner, what the challenges and opportunities are. This process resulted in a study edited by Swedepeace on the conditions for strengthening civil society in conflict zones. Furthermore, Swedepeace did several trainings of Sida staff and partners o how to act in a conflict sensitive way in conflict zones and how to, also , discover peacebuilding opportunities through traditional development initiatives.
Swedepeace supported GDISC (2012), which is the European Network for migration authorities, on how to develop tools for scenarios analysis, contigency panning and political/conflict analysis. The special case of Afghanistan was studies and discussed in order to illustrate challenges and opportunities.