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
3 April 2017
The 2030 Agenda: a paradigm shift
à propos - The KOFF Peacebuilding Magazine dedicated its April 2017 edition to the new UN-Agenda 2030 and highlights the interdependance of peace and other soustainable development goals to one another. Read it here in English / German / French
NZZ, 30 March 2017
Der Pelz lässt sich nicht waschen, ohne dass er nass wird
Op-ed by Laurent Goetschel on the role of NGOs in Swiss peace policy and development cooperation. Read the article
23 March 2017
KOFF roundtable on "Peace Agreement in Colombia: What do we learn from Guatemala?"
KOFF discussed the lessons that could be learned from Guatemala's peace process 20 years ago for the ongoing process in Columbia. Civil society representatives from Guatemala and Colombia shared their experience and concluded that it is crucial for the international community not to leave a country after the signing of a peace agreement but to stay and accompany the process further in order to protect vicitms and human rights activits in the long run. Media report (in Spanish).
16 March 2017
KOFF roundtable on "War of Trauma or Trauma of War"
This KOFF roundtable discussed the issues of traumas and war in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.
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