- Intentional and coordinated planning informed by conflict assessment.
- Incorporates the creativity and commitment of local leadership and diverse people and groups, the stakeholders.
- Involves a range of sectors and levels, including community development, security, and governance.
- Interconnects micro peacebuilding activities to macro changes to the system.
“Strategic peacebuilding requires long-term actions at all levels, from local to global, by multiple actors coordinating an approach that is led locally and based on explicit decision making informed by a systems approach.” (Lisa Schirch)
“What creates a catalyst for change?” and “What sustains the change process once it starts?” (John Paul Lederach)
“People with different experiences, knowledge, and perspectives make more creative and better decision. Communities and regions strengthen their capacity to solve problems and implement solutions when those involved and affected participate in decision making…Those with different experiences enrich the lives of others with their stories and cultures.” (D. Chrislip)
“Legitimacy is the real prevention…neighborhoods trust the law, trust the police, think they’re being treated fairly and well, will let the law shape their behavior, will ask the law for help when they need it …Getting law enforcement together, getting key voices from the community together, getting help together, getting the street guys at the center of things together, finding common ground, and getting big, rapid results.” (David Kennedy)
“…mediation offers people a way to take charge of their own conflicts and solutions. Mediation processes (or even just the skills) can help communities and organizations survive their conflicts and benefit from them. Mediation can strengthen working relationships and alliances. at its best, mediation strengthens democratic, collaborative efforts to meet people’s needs more effectively.” (Jenny Beer)