Resources for Peacebuilding
SCI is based in Northern Ireland and has a particularly deep understanding of its peace process and the ongoing work required to ensure that peace endures.
We remain actively involved in programmes helping to move this divided society beyond conflict and towards a better future.
But we also have extensive experience of of supporting peacebuilding and sharing best practice from around the world.
Our global experience of philanthropy and the role it can play in peacebuilding also informs our approach.
Lessons from Northern Ireland
DEEPLY divided societies around the world can draw on the lessons captured in this report compiled by SCI Fellows who have decades of experience in peacebuilding.
The publication Activism Across Division: Peacebuilding Strategies & Insights from Northern Ireland features the reflections of activists working within, and between, communities in Northern Ireland's divided society.
The Peacebuilding Practice Notes available here include four reports which focus on specific initiatives that helped to provide alternatives to violence and consolidate the peace process in Northern Ireland.
It is hoped the learning can be adapted to circumstances in other societies. The series looks Community Restorative Justice, Re-Integration of Ex-Combatants, the Challenge of Transforming Policing, and Criminal Justice & Peacebuilding.
Learn more about the experience of one of the Restorative Justice projects running in Northern Ireland.
Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments
With more than a billion people living in areas ravaged by conflict, the human misery caused by conflict cries out for action.
This guide highlights the positive contribution that independent grantmaking Trusts and Foundations can make to peacebuilding. Click here for a full report & summary in English, plus Spanish and Arabic editions.
Trust Funds in Conflict-affected States
Prepared for the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) it draws a number of lessons from the experience of Trust Funds in Northern Ireland to inform the founding and functioning of funding mechanisms in other conflict-affected settings.
Philanthropy & Peacebuilding
What role can philanthropy play in peacebuilding?
The experience of Northern Ireland is that it can play a crucial role.
We held an event in Belfast with donors from around the world to discuss the lessons learned in the Northern ireland peace process and how those can be applied in other societies.
Here SCI Director Martin O'Brien, our Peacebuilding Executive Avila Kilmurray, and Stephen Pittam former secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust discuss some of the themes: