What works in


There is a significant and growing base of knowledge and evidence about the practice of peacebuilding. GPW20 will showcase innovative and effective approaches that are proving to have a positive impact on peace from a wide range of geographical contexts and across a diversity of sectors. From brain trusts, to engagement with gang leaders, religious actors, youth activists to neighbourhood-level entrepreneurs, and beyond, sessions will disseminate proven peacebuilding innovations across the world to contribute to a more systemic uptake of relevant and effective practices that can have a greater impact on peace. 

Live Sessions

This year's Live Sessions will all take place online (virtually). Attendees can engage in panel discussions and workshops that have been prepared by our partner organizers. To participate in live sessions under the "What works in peacebuilding" thematic track, you must register to attend. Head over to the ‘Live Sessions Agenda’ where you can filter sessions for this thematic track, and confirm your registration by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button on that page.


Live Side Sessions

Making it work: migration in peace policy & practice

Session Organizers: KOFF, swisspeace 

Description: In this learning meeting we will present, discuss and test our newly published toolbox on migration in policy and practice, created through the KOFF Joint Learning Process on Peacebuilding & Migration. We are happy to identify the next steps in increasing the toolbox’ useability together with you! Consider familiarizing yourself with our publication beforehand, e.g. by studying the toolbox, listening to our GPW20 podcast “Connecting the dots: integrated approaches to migration, peace & security” (launched on 2 November) or solving the testing exercise.

We are very much looking forward to fruitful dialogue and exchange of expertise!

Date: 5th of November, 10:15am - 12:15pm CET

Registration: Please register via email, indicating very briefly your motivation to join this meeting (1-2 sentences), as the spots are limited and will fill up quickly.


Digital Series

The Digital Series thematic track "What works in peacebuilding" will be available to access on this page and the Geneva Peace Week app during and after GPW20. To interact with the content producers through the Geneva Peace Week mobile app, you must register by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button below.

Content List

Video: “Amplifying the voice of women in peacebuilding - Media’s transformative role” by International Media Support, Free Press Unlimited, La Fondation Hirondelle

Video: “Drug Policy Reform: Opportunity or threat to International Security?” by Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy 

Video: “Non Lethal Weapons: a Threat to Human Rights” by Fundación para la Democracia, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Video: “Narratives without borders: Memory and truth from Colombian women in the diaspora” by International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP), Swisspeace

Video: “How to support local peace initiatives: learned lessons from Colombia” by Colombian Cáritas

Podcast: “Connecting the dots: integrated approaches to migration, peace & security” by KOFF - The Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding, DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Paxion

Video: “The search for disappeared persons – local empowerment and international cooperation” by Dejusticia, Pro-Búsqueda, University of Lausanne, University of Warwick, swisspeace

Video: “Towards Evidence-Informed arm control and disarmament” by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU); Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); The Small Arms Survey (SAS)

Video: “Gender and everyday peacebuilding: Insights from Indonesia and Nigeria” by Graduate Institute Geneva, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, University of Lausanne

Animated Video: “Connecting the dots: Visualizing the P in the Humanitarian - Development - Peace Nexus” by Interpeace, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Video: “Social Ecologies and Ecozoic Cultures in Border Landscapes. Co-creating spaces for Peace in the Korea DMZ” by People for Earth Korea, Bordermeetings Switzerland

Video: “Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in uncertain times - what's new?” by horizon2030, Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC)

Video: “ENQUIRY® A practical way on how to feel and build peace in diverse conflict scenarios in the world” by NGO Pentagon Wave of R&D, University of Montpellier 

Video: “Youth engagement in politics in the hashtag age” by Kofi Annan Foundation, Inter-Parliamentary Union

Video: “The Value Proposition for Peace and Prosperity” by Foundation Faces of Change; Impact Leaders International; Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Peace

Video: “Federalism as a Peacebuilding Tool in Divided Societies” by Forum of Federations, House of Federation (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)

Video: “‘Inequality and Conflict - Beyond us and them’ Research documentary”, a research documentary on inequality and conflict” by The Graduate Institute Geneva, Swiss National Science Foundation, University of San Carlos Guatemala, Redmorpheus Gmbh, Companions e.p.u., Universitas Gadjah Mada Yokyakarta   

Video: “The power of collaborating across borders: Along the migration route” by Comic Relief, Help Refugees, Good Chance Theatre

Podcast: “Peace and social justice: possible paths in Fortaleza - Ceará Brazil?” by Artigo 227 Group (Artigo 227), Elos Conectados Advisory, Judicial Center of Restaurative Justice, Assistance Center for Victims of Violence (NUAVV-MPCE)

Video: “Health and Peace, projects targeting women and children” by Rotary Peace Project Incubator

Video: “Security Sector Reform and Stockpile Management: lessons learned from Bosnia and Herzegovina” by Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). 

Podcast: “How can behavioural science help understand issues of trust and collaboration in fragile settings?”by Busara Center, OECD

Podcast: “Social cohesion as a core dimension of building better social contracts: MENA country reflections” by University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, DIE (German Development Institute), Center for Maghrebian Studies in Tunis

Video: “Addressing root causes of forced displacement” by UNHCR Egypt UNDP

Video: “Conflicting Identities: Exploring how gendered power dynamics shape men and boys' participation in violent extremism in Asia” by UNDP in Asia and the Pacific, UN Women Asia and the Pacific