Digital Series: What works in peacebuilding


Connecting the dots: integrated approaches to migration, peace & security

This podcast was produced by KOFF - The Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding, DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Paxion.

This podcast brings together local and international perspectives from different areas to discuss the relevance of the peace-migration nexus for peace policy and practice. Jointly, we explore what characterizes the security needed in situations of displacement and examine its relevance to peace. Moreover, we present and apply two recent publications concerning the nexus: a toolbox for peace practitioners by KOFF/swisspeace, and a security sector governance and reform policy paper commissioned by DCAF. 

Joëlle Gehrig, swisspeace (moderator); Carmela Bühler, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (expert); Emine Sariaslan, Paxion (expert); Dr. Sarah Wolff, Center for European Research (expert)

How can behavioural science help understand issues of trust and collaboration in fragile settings?

This podcast was produced by Busara Center, OECD. 

Social cohesion as a core dimension of building better social contracts: MENA country reflections

This podcast was produced by University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, DIE (German Development Institute), Center for Maghrebian Studies in Tunis.

Arab Spring settings offered a wealth of possibilities for reimaging, reinventing and manifesting new and inclusive national social contracts, yet many are not on track to achieve anticipated outcomes desired by many within these societies. Focusing on Tunisia and Yemen, this discussion reflects upon the nature of social cohesion and its relationship to the social contract. Participants consider challenges, and opportunities that exist for its growth – towards enriching inclusive and resilient social contracts. Lessons for international cooperation are considered.

Facilitator: Erin McCandless, School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Bernhard Trautner, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development  & Tübingen University, Germany
Laryssa Chomiak, Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis, Tunisia
Fatima Abo Alasrar, Middle East Institute, USA


Amplifying the voice of women in peacebuilding - Media’s transformative role

This video was created by International Media Support, Free Press Unlimited, La Fondation Hirondelle. 


Produced video by Free Press Unlimited, La Fondation Hirondelle and International Media Support. Featuring three women involved in media from three different continents, the video explores media's untapped potential to amplify the voices of women affected by conflict and to give visibility to women peacebuilders. 

Ummi Bukar, Paged Initiative  
Win Zar Ni Aung, Doh Athan 
Leidy Yesenia Guancha Fuelantala, Emisora Autentica Estereo 103.3 FM Cumbal - Nariño 

Drug Policy Reform: Opportunity or threat to International Security?

This video was created by Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy.


The international drug control regime must be reformed. The prohibitionist and repressive approach marketed under the label of the ‘war on drugs’ has failed to end drug use and trafficking. Panelists of this groundbreaking digital conversation include high-level personalities who have led countries or international organizations. Together, they explore evidence-based alternatives that can curb the growing power of transnational organized crime under the current prohibitionist paradigm and put an end to excessive criminalization and incarceration.

Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of Switzerland, Global Commission on Drug Policy
Javier Solana, Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Global Commission on Drug Policy
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations        
Christian Dussey, Director, Geneva Center for Security Policy
Renata Dwan, Director, UN Institute for Disarmament Research
Tuesday Reitano (moderator), Deputy Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Non Lethal Weapons: a Threat to Human Rights

This video was created by Fundación para la Democracia, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum. 


Uncountable fights have arisen from popular protests that have enabled progress regarding the conquests of rights. On the other hand, law enforcements have the responsibility to preserve public order. To do it, they have been given a series of tools to control riots in protests or manifestations, among them, ‘non-lethal weapons’. This video focuses on the use of non-lethal weapons against protesters. Everyone should know they are a violation to the most basic human rights.

Guillermo Whpei, Fundación para la Democracia
Marina Sala, Fundación para la Democracia
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Peace Nobel Laureate 1992, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Aura Leticia Cuxé, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Gustavo Gatica, victim of the repression by Chilean Carabineros

Narratives without borders: Memory and truth from Colombian women in the diaspora

This video was created by International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP), Swisspeace.


Through the testimony of a woman of the Colombian diaspora and the daughter of political refugees in Europe, this video aims to uncover collective memory and truth-telling processes, arguing from a psychosocial standpoint about the importance of using alternative methodologies to support healing and reconciliation. These experiences illustrate diverse conditions and impacts women face while in exile, and some resistance and resilience strategies they have developed in order to move forward, including their current contribution to the Colombian Truth Commission.

María del Rosario Vásquez Sepúlveda, Truth Commission Support Group – Catalonia
María Andréa Pérez, daughter of political refugees in Switzerland
Alejandra Miller Restrepo, Colombian Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition
Lisa Ott, Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace)
Sílvia Plana Subirana, International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)
María Fanlo Torrecilla, International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)
Ana Isabel Barrera Osorio, International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)

How to support local peace initiatives: learned lessons from Colombia

This video was created by Colombian Cáritas.

The search for disappeared persons – local empowerment and international cooperation

This video was created by Dejusticia, Pro-Búsqueda, University of Lausanne, University of Warwick, swisspeace.


In the first part, the video illuminates the problem of enforced disappearances and the search for disappeared persons in El Salvador. This is followed by inputs which tackle different questions regarding the consequences of enforced disappearances for the victims that are trying to uncover the truth about what happened to their loved ones. Furthermore, the relation between the search and criminal investigation is explained, as well as the reasons why the struggle for justice and truth play a crucial role in local peacebuilding processes.

Pamela Favre, Psychologist, Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños
Alejandro Jiménez-Ospina, Lawyer and Researcher, Dejusticia
Dr. Briony Jones, Associate Professor in International Development, University of Warwick
Dr. Mina Rauschenbach, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Lausanne
Ana Srovin Coralli, swisspeace

Towards Evidence-Informed arm control and disarmament

This video was created by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU); Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); The Small Arms Survey (SAS).


In a world hit by the pandemic where emotions and fake news dominate, policy makers need to resort to the best available evidence to make the right policy decisions, particularly in arms control and disarmament. This can be scientific research, statistical data, citizen voices, and evaluation. Policy includes legislation, oversight, resource allocation, regulations or strategies. All are important to design an arms control and disarmament policy followed by positive action for people and increased confidence in compliance with international obligations.

Ashley Muller, Editorial Lead and Content Manager, GCSP
Marc Finaud, Head of Arms Proliferation, GCSP
Laurence Marzal, Programme Officer, Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU)
Matthias Nowak, Researcher, Small Arms Survey
Hon. Rapahel Chegeni, Member of the Tanzanian Parliament
Anne-Séverine Fabre, Data Expert, Small Arms Survey

Gender and everyday peacebuilding: Insights from Indonesia and Nigeria

This video was created by Graduate Institute Geneva, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, University of Lausanne.


Taking stock of results from a feminist research with conflict-affected communities in Indonesia and Nigeria, this video aims at sharing knowledge and experiences on particularly promising contributions to peacebuilding at the micro-level in post-conflict settings, focusing on livelihoods and care. In an effort to contribute to exploring peacebuilding from the everyday angle, discussants share experiences on gendered transformations of livelihood in post-conflict settings, on gendered care as a form of everyday peacebuilding, and on IOs’ efforts to build peace through gender-sensitive micro-levels initiatives.

Rahel Kunz
Elisabeth Prügl
Arifah Rahmawati
Christelle Rigual
Wening Udasmoro

Connecting the dots: Visualizing the P in the Humanitarian - Development - Peace Nexus

This animated video was created by Interpeace, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM).


The Humanitarian – Development – Peace nexus aims to bring three sectors into closer alignment to better address both the immediate needs of people affected by conflict as well as the underlying causes of protracted crises. While the idea of the nexus is gaining wider attraction and buy-in within the international aid system, there remain outstanding and contentious questions. Little consensus has also emerged around what the ‘Peace’ part in the nexus means and how contributing to peace might look like in practice.


This short animated video aims to clarify some of the key concepts and to reflect upon some of the key challenges. It illustrates how more coherent and aligned actions can be developed towards the shared overarching goal of supporting self-reliant, resilient, and peaceful societies

Social Ecologies and Ecozoic Cultures in Border Landscapes. Co-creating spaces for Peace in the Korea DMZ

This video was created by People for Earth Korea, Bordermeetings Switzerland. 


How can Social Ecologies and Ecozoic Cosmologies and Governance as new Sharing Cultures  co-creative new approaches to envisioning the future  in border landscapes of conflict ? This project proposes an interdisciplinary and multilateral approach to building peace including arts, culture, law, science diplomacy and environment in the Korea Demilitarized Zone. Transforming from a Deep Wound to a Beautiful Scar, the military buffer zone is space in which we can make peace with nature, heal our wounds, resolve conflicts and restore ecologies.

Kumsil Kang -  Executive director of People for Earth / Former Minister of Justice, Republic of Korea.
Anna Grichting  Solder – Architect-Urbanist-Musician, Bordermeetings, Geneva, Switzerland. Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, University of Vermont. 
Woo-Seok Kong - Professor of Geography, Dean of College of Sciences, Kyung Hee University.
Bohyun Ham - Administrative Director at People for Earth/Attorney at Law, LandforNature/
Heejung Yim - Managing director of People for Earth. Founder, Namuproject Inc.. 
Youngduk Kang - Performance Artist, Manager, Cultural Product Team, People for Earth.
Beommu Kim - Video Director.
Solji Kim, Percussion
Mukhiddinova Nilufar,  Violin
Jiyeon Bang, Recorder
Minah Oak, Writer/ Director. 
Soyeon Park, Music Director.
Beommu Kim, Video Director.
Ilsoo Jang, Stage Manager.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in uncertain times - what's new?

This video was created by horizon2030, Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC).

The Coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity to rethink the current ‘participatory Monitoring & Evaluation’ (M&E) practices in peacebuilding and development cooperation. The experiences, presented here, with ‘Living M&E Laboratories' in Egypt and in Liberia demonstrate the potential for locally grown M&E, designed and led at national and local levels.

Dr. Talaat Abdel-Malek, Former Founding Director of Egypt's national 'Centre for Project Evaluation & Macroeconomic Analysis' (PEMA) 
Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC)
Ms. Gifty Mensah, Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC)

ENQUIRY® A practical way on how to feel and build peace in diverse conflict scenarios in the world

This video was created by NGO Pentagon Wave of R&D, University of Montpellier. 


The workshop shared by Pentagon Wave (NGO) to the community of peace builders in conflict zones around the World will facilitate processes of: integration, reconciliation, soft skills development, improved communication and consciousness in a very practical format that has been proven in Europe at Scientific Research Parks and in Colombia in some of the most complex scenarios with Ex-FARC Guerrilla fighters, ARMY, Spiritual Nuns, Universities, Communities, and more. In this guided workshop you can apply it anywhere and for groups from 5 up to 500 people.

Ph.D. Héléa Khaizourane, Head of Research & Development
Motivator, Steven Pineda - Operations and Colombia Mission Deployment

Youth engagement in politics in the hashtag age

This video was created by Kofi Annan Foundation, Inter-Parliamentary Union. 


The internet and social media (as platforms for news, information and mobilisation) have presented benefits and risks for participation in electoral processes. On the one hand, technology enables us to connect people around the world and causes. On the other hand, technology exacerbates or aggravates polarization, and mitigating the spread of disinformation and hate speech is difficult. With a focus on Africa, this discussion looks at social media as a positive and negative tool used by youth in electoral processes.

Hon. Emma Theofelus, Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Republic of Namibia;
Samson Itodo, Head of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA);
Victoria Nwuche, Student in Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland;
Declan O’Brien, Programme Coordinator: Elections and Democracy at the Kofi Annan Foundation.

The Value Proposition for Peace and Prosperity

This video was created by Foundation Faces of Change; Impact Leaders International; Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Peace. 


Foundation Faces of Change, ImpactLeaders international and Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Peace have developed a Train the Trainer ‘The Value proposition for Peace & Prosperity. Educating the Peacebuilders and Impact Leaders for the 21st century’. We target small grassroot NGO’s across the globe who are working on the ground to work on building peace. We have developed a Handbook with the training and a toolkit for NGO’s to work with in their community. They will become part of the ImpactLeaders Community. Trainers have access to an online platform with all the training material – PPT’s, video’s, case studies, interviews – which members can access and use. 

Saskia Harkema (chairman Faces of Change foundation)  
Shumaila  Anwar (chairman Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion & Peace) 
Carin Beijer (co-founder ImpactLeaders international)
Saadet Ozdemir (co-founder ImpactLeaders international) 
Pim de Bokx (co-founder ImpactLeaders international)
Adam Elhaj (founder Centre for Entrepreneurship in Exile / CEE, Uganda) 
Noorzia Afridi (founder of SAWERA, Pakistan)
Dorcus Amol (CEE, Uganda)

Federalism as a Peacebuilding Tool in Divided Societies

This video was created by Forum of Federations, House of Federation (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia). 


This session explores how federalism and federal state architectures have been used to support peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes (and their successes and failures). It brings together practitioners and experts from three countries to consider how federalism has either helped to establish peace in their countries (Ethiopia), or is seen as being at the heart of reconciliation and unity to end decades of conflict (Myanmar and Cyprus). The panel will also consider the challenging processes by which federalism may be established.

Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Forum of Federations
Almaze Mekonnen, Former State Minister of Peacebuilding and National Consensus, Ministry of Peace, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Htet Min Lwin, Country Director, Forum of Federations Myanmar Office
Derya Beyatli, peace activist & founding member of the Third Community Forum, Cyprus

‘Inequality and Conflict - Beyond us and them’ Research documentary

This video was created by The Graduate Institute Geneva, Swiss National Science Foundation, University of San Carlos Guatemala, Redmorpheus Gmbh, Companions e.p.u., Universitas Gadjah Mada Yokyakarta.  


This 68-minute research documentary is the product of a two-year synthesis process of participatory filmmaking spanning boundaries between places and people and their different knowledges, research disciplines and life experiences in working through inequality and conflict. It is the story of people taking the struggle for inclusion beyond ‘us and them’, not shying away from addressing painful pasts, discrimination and conflict.

Main protagonists: 
Amina Ahmed, Nigeria
Juana Sales Morales, Guatemala
Rigoberto Juarez, Guatemala
Zuraida, Indonesia
Lead filmmaker: Jeanine Reutemann, RedMorpheus 


Production and funding: Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development, r4d programme, 2020,,, a joint research funding scheme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Trailer, as prepared for last year’s premiere.  
Post on our Knowledge for Development Platform.
Website: and

The power of collaborating across borders: Along the migration route

This video was created by Comic Relief, Help Refugees, Good Chance Theatre. 


What does it mean to collaborate across borders? In an age of increasing migration, it has fallen on civil society to find new ways of supporting people on the move along the migration routes. In this video, Comic Relief’s Across Borders funding programme brings together leading experts from the refugee sector to share how working and funding ‘across borders’ is producing new innovations in the ways we assist refugees. Featuring Comic Relief, Help Refugees-Choose Love and Good Chance Theatre.

Josie Naughton, CEO, Help Refugees - Choose Love
Joe Robertson, co-Artistic Director, Good Chance Theatre
Mazin Saad, Artist with Good Chance Theatre
Oscar Bingham, Senior Evidence and Learning Manager, Comic Relief
Hajra Daly, Portfolio Manager, Comic Relief
Jacob Warn & Tanya Murphy,  Learning Coordinators with Comic Relief

Health and Peace, projects targeting women and children

This video was created by Rotary Peace Project Incubator.


This very short film shows three projects that we are working on for the First Rotary Peace Project Incubator. They are health projects in Burundi, India and Nepal that at the same time also tackle aspects of peace as a side effect: human connection on the basis of common suffering, equality of opportunity, gender equality, peace in the family.

Dr. Eva Czermak 
Dr. Louis Mujawamariya
Dr. Jean-Pierre Ndayirukiye 
Dr. Narayan Chetry 
Dr. Rémy Zilliox 

Security Sector Reform and Stockpile Management: lessons learned from Bosnia and Herzegovina

This video was created by Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). 


This video aims at highlighting the importance of arms and ammunition management to peace, security and stability. It does so by showcasing the successful example of Bosnia and Herzegovina peace-building process, where security sector reforms (SSR) efforts have since the very beginning embedded efforts towards the safe, secure and sustainable management of arms and ammunition stockpiles. This dual approach allowed the local authorities, with the support of the international community, to use arms and ammunition management as an entry point for addressing the broader, institutional and politically sensitive issue of SSR. The BiH case presented in this video will show that peacebuilding can only work when framed under the umbrella of national ownership while supported by broader collaborative efforts of the international community. It additionally reveals that any peacebuilding effort should be based on a clear identification of main risks to the community. 

Mr. Adedeji Ebo, Chief, Conventional Arms Branch, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs 
Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Director, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Dr Mihaela Osorio, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Serbia
Col.  Martin Trachsler, Col.  Martin Trachsler, Special Advisor on weapons and ammunition disposal (SAWAD) to the Commander of European Force (EUFOR) Operation Althea
 Lieutenant General Senad Masovic, Chief of the Joint Staff Armed Forces Bosnia and Herzegovina 
Dr Jovana Carapic, Programme Manager, Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT)

Addressing root causes of forced displacement

This video was created by UNHCR Egypt UNDP. 


Addressing root causes of forced displacement: This session seeks to better understand the root causes of forced displacement, with a view to catalysing action to address the drivers of displacement, as well as to finding solutions for those who are displaced.

UNHCR Assistant High Commission for Protection, Ms. Gillian Triggs 
CCCPA Director General and Aswan Forum's Executive Director, Ambassador Ahmed Abdellatif, Egypt
Deputy Director, UNDP Crisis Bureau, UNDP New York, Mr. George Conway
Ms. Nyuon Susan Sebit, peacebuilder, Juba, South Sudan
South Sudanese refugee poet, Igoa Chuol 

Conflicting Identities: Exploring how gendered power dynamics shape men and boys' participation in violent extremism in Asia

This video was created by UNDP in Asia and the Pacific, UN Women Asia and the Pacific.


Listen to on-the-ground accounts of how extremists in Asia exploit masculinity and gendered power relations for their cause. A Pakistani activist and a researcher in Bangladesh explore how extremist groups ‘tell a story’ of what it means to be a man, while simultaneously dismissing women and their role in contributing to– and preventing– violent extremism. This discussion is based on the joint UNDP - UN Women study “Conflicting Identities: The Nexus Between Masculinities, Femininities, and Violence Extremism”.

Farhana Rahman (speaker) - PhD candidate at Cambridge University and author of the joint UNDP-UN Women “Conflicting Identities” research study.
Sadaf Khan (speaker) - Co-Founder of Media Matters for Democracy Pakistan.
Carla Silbert (moderator) - Officer in Charge for UN Women Philippines and the Women, Peace and Security Regional Advisor, a.i. for UN Women in Asia and the Pacific.

Local Authorities Building Global Transformative Education for Peace & Sustainability: Inspiration from Tucuman, Argentina

A contribution from Juan Pablo Lichtmajer, Minister of Education of Tucuman Argentina, as originally prepared for contribution to a live session of Geneva Peace Week 2020.


Dr. Juan Pablo Lichtmajer was born in Tucumán, Argentina in 1973. He has a degree in History (with a Medal of Honor from the National Academy of History) and a Doctorate in Government. His subjects of Academic Specialization include Political Philosophy, Theory of Democracy, Latin American Thought and Argentine Political History. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a visiting professor at the University of Essex. From 2008 and 2015 he held the Dean’s Position of the University of San Pablo (Tucumán, Argentina). Since 2015 he is the Minister of Education of the Province.