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) 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

Latest Activities and Publications

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)


7 - 8 December 2016

OSCE Parallel Civil Society Confernce

As a member of the OSCE-wide NGO-network ‘Civic Solidarity Platform’, swisspeace attended the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in Hamburg on 6 and 7 December 2016. At this event, civil society representatives from across the OSCE regions discussed human dimension issues in the context of the OSCE’s comprehensive security concept. The outcome documents received prominent attention from the German OSCE Chairmanship as well as other OSCE representatives. More Information