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

Sidonia Gabriel, Anna Leissing, 2017

Frieden? Menschenrechte? Oder doch das Geschäft?

In the framework of the NGO Platform's discussion of the coherence of the Swiss foreign policy we wrote a paper on Peace, Human Rights and Business (in German). The full report can be accessed here.

1 June 2017

What future for the Horn of Africa?

à propos - The KOFF Peacebuilding Magazine dedicated its June 2017 edition to the difficult situation in the Horn of Africa. The members organization of KOFF described their activities in the region and how they hoped to stabilize the fragile states. English / French / German

31 May 2017

KOFF roundtable

The roundtable was organized on the initiative of the foundation Hirondelle. Together with Ben Moore, the discussion was about how Swiss NGOs can better understand and access European institutions and funding.

31 May 2017

KOFF Annual Assembly

EPLO assisstant director Ben Moore delivered the keynote. The conference was about how our platform could better influence policy decisions on a European level.

April 2017

KOFF annual report 2016

The KOFF annual report 2016: "forging new paths" stood in light of questions regarding KOFF's network activites. The foremost question was how KOFF could improve its policy influencing and how to make use of its network. Read the report in English / German / French