Policy and Platform
The Policy and Platform Program creates space for peacebuilding practitioners and partners from different domains including peacebuilding, development cooperation, humanitarian aid and the security sector to discuss burning issues, to support transformative thinking and action for change. The objective is to develop strategic alternatives, policy recommendations and joint initiatives for peace. Prominent dialogue platforms such as the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF), the Civic Solidarity Platform, the Basel Peace Forum or the Swiss parliamentary group on peacebuilding are at the heart of this program. These multi-stakeholder processes promote and facilitate communication initiatives to increase support for peace policy and peacebuilding among Swiss politicians and the wider public.
The biggest project of the Policy and Platform Program at swisspeace currently is:
The Swiss platform for peacebuilding (KOFF) is a dialogue, exchange and networking platform connecting Swiss state and non-state actors working in the field of peacebuilding. Its mission is to ensure that Swiss peacebuilding activities are strengthened, relevant and visible. Learn more
Another project of the P&P Program at swisspeace currently is:
The Basel Peace Forum intends to inspire new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. About 120 decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia and civil society from 20 countries met on 15 and 16 January 2017 in Basel to rethink peace. The discussions led to the recommendations to world leaders to take up responsibility for peace. The next Basel Peace Forum will be in 2018. Learn more
Latest Activities and Publications
Anna Leissing, Vesna Matovic, Dagmar Reichert & Meret Schlegel, 2017
Art Initiatives in Fragile and Conflict Affected Regions
Critical Reflection following the KOFF Roundtable from November 2016. Download
15 - 16 January 2017
Basel Peace Forum
The Basel Peace Forum 2017 took place in Basel and intended to inspire new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. Carefully selected leading personalities and decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia, and civil society were invited to discuss innovative peacebuilding. Website.
FriEnt Impulse, 20 December 2016
Keep eyes and ears open and treat them well – especially in times of crisis!
Reflection article by Natascha Cerny and Caroline Kruckow on developments in the OSCE region as well as on the German Chairmanship from a civil society perspective. Article
Swissinfo, 12 December 2016
América Latina: Esperanzas y pesadillas
Article about the current outlook for human rights in Latin America with quote from our expert Anna Leissing. Article (Spanish)
10 December 2016
Panel discussion on the human rights situation in Latin America
Anna Leissing (KOFF) took part in a panel discussion on the human rights situation in Latin America entitled "Human Rights in Latin America: Hopes and Nightmares". The event is organized by the Latin American Center of Zurich on occasion of the International Human Rights Day. Further Information (Spanish)