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Webinar: Financing peacebuilding – how to maximise impact

This event is co-hosted by the European Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and swisspeace.


TIME: 13.00-15.30 CET


Peace and mediation processes have evolved rapidly over the past decade. How they are funded has a major impact on how effective such processes are. As violent conflict becomes increasingly protracted and complex, local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society play an important role in facilitating peacemaking, working alongside governmental and intergovernmental partners. In an increasingly crowded field, familiar and new challenges for funding peacebuilding evolve all the time – from coordination, to shrinking budgets and shifting priorities due to Covid-19. A major issue is how donors and practitioners together perceive and measure the impact of peace interventions.

This event, co-hosted by European Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and swisspeace, brings together peace practitioners with government and philanthropic donors to share insights, lessons and experiences of current practice for funding peacebuilding, and explore better ways to work collaboratively and effectively to address concerns such as principles of engagement, transparency, funding cycles, accountability and evaluation.

This event draws on findings of Conciliation Resources’ latest Accord publication, Pioneering Peace Pathways, and swisspeace’s recent report on The Cost of Talking Peace. Brief presentations by authors of the two reports will inform discussions. The event will focus in particular on funding for early ‘pre-formal’ stages of peace processes, when commitment, trust, discretion and flexibility are integral to the success of nascent peacemaking initiatives. 


  • Alexander Ramsbotham, Director of Accord and Series Editor at Conciliation Resources.
  • Cate Buchanan, mediation support and process design specialist.
  • Sebastian Kratzer, Project Manager for Analysis and Evaluation in the Mediation Support and Policy team at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).
  • Philipp Lustenberger, co-head of the swisspeace Mediation program.
  • Avila Kilmurray, former Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
  • Ja Nan Lahtaw, Executive Director of the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation.
  • Michael Keating, Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace.
  • Joelle Jenny, Director of the cross-government Joint Funds Unit.
  • Nicole Waintraub, Mediation Advisor in the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada and a member of the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth network.
  • Akiko Horiba, Program Director of the Asia Peace Initiative Department in the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
  • Teresa Dumasy, Director of Policy and Learning at Conciliation Resources.
  • Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources.