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Organization: South Asia Centre for Peace
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House No. 49, Street No. 3, Shahzad Town, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

South Asia Centre for Peace aims at becoming a hub of organizing promoting peace in South Asia therefore as of now we have created partnerships with the Nepal Institute of Peace, Community Support Programme in Pakistan, World Youth Peace Summit etc.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Showcasing stories of peacebuilding from South Asia, the “South Asia Peace Magazine” is a Bi-Annual Publication of the South Asia Centre for Peace. There is an abundance of stories of all the turbulence caused by inter and intra-state conflicts in both local and international media. Therefore, we at the South Asia Centre for Peace believe that it is important to showcase the lesser known and mostly unheard voices of peace coming from within the region, from individuals and peacemaking organizations. If on the one hand countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka are the biggest contributors to UN Peacekeeping missions there also are numerous peacebuilding initiatives at the domestic and regional levels in South Asia. With this in mind, the magazine is devoted to the collective mission of individuals and organizations from South Asia and beyond working in the area of peacebuilding in the region.

Aimed at becoming a “Peace Magazine” in every sense, the magazine will welcome contributions from individuals and organizations from the South Asian region. Contributions could range from reports and articles on peacebuilding, reports of NGO projects, conferences, workshops, trainings etc., and articles on new approaches to peace, stories and pictures of personal experiences of peace and friendship in South Asia. We believe that this will be a great resource not only to change perceptions of the world towards South Asia but also for policymakers, journalists, researchers and students of peace studies within the region.

Planned to be published in August 2010, the issue of the magazine will be dedicated to peacebuilding organizations and individuals in India and Pakistan marking the 63rd Independence Day in both countries. Articles related to peaceful resolution of the Indo-Pak conflict, civil society peacebuilding projects in India and Pakistan and personal stories of experience of Indo-Pak friendship and harmony would be welcome.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

We have really progressed during 2010 actually and we are optimistic that the magazine will spread a ray of hope for people in the region who think "peace is impossible". It is important to show to our people and the people outside South Asia that there are peacemakers active in promoting a culture of peace in the region.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

In the recent past, obtaining funds to continue our activities has been a big challenge for us and now we are thinking of ways to sustain our activities. Maybe in future we will issue subscriptions of our magazine and that will make this initiative self sustainable. We also wish to get some funds to launch our project on "Rural Peacebuilding" considering the fact that conflicts in rural areas need the attention of peacebuilding projects because roughly 70 percent of the regional population is rural.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

We are planning a research program to study the demise of internally displaced persons in South Asia and that project will be launched by the end of 2010. We are planning to launch the project "peace education in the Muslim context" with pilot projects in Bangladesh and Pakistan. This will be in addition to our projects on rural peacebuilding across the region. Once we have a network of peacebuilding organizations then we will be much more active from 2011 onwards to implement projects at the regional level.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

Culture of Peace could be strengthened and supported at the global level by learning lessons from the local communities in the each region, and that should be done through reports like these and by collecting lessons from the peacebuilders around the world. We need to have these stories heard at the global level which will also encourage peacemakers at the local levels. Also it will be useful to establish regional hubs of campaigns on promoting Culture of Peace and Nonviolence, and in this regard South Asia Centre for Peace will be happy to play its role in the conflict torn region of South Asia.
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