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Organization: Center for Peace Building International
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4410 Massachusetts Ave, NW # 354.Washington, DC 20016-5572. USA

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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?

CPBI has created several learning networks.  
• One is the Network for Youth in Transition a free resource focused on youth and war to peace transition.  
• CPBI also founded the Evaluating Youth Programs in Areas of Conflict, an inter-agency network focused on improving evaluation methodologies for and w/ youth in conflict areas.  
• CPBI is part of the Washington Network for Children and Armed Conflict.
• CPBI’s founder has addressed the UN Peacekeeping Operations and UN Department of Public Information’s NGO forum during the UN’s 64th anniversary about peacebuilding and holistic approaches to sustainable peace.  
• The Founder has also served on several advisory committees and worked w/ UNICEF and UNDP on issues pertaining to Youth.
• CPBI also is a member of the International Network for Education in Emergencies.

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.

• CPBI has focused on learning from youth networks in areas of conflict and taken that learning to influence policy at the international NGO level and the UN level.  In that, CPBI has, as mentioned above, founded several learning networks to help improve the overall practice of headquarter activity toward young people in areas of conflict.
• Peace Narratives from young people who have experienced great violence and their efforts to make a difference are being collected.  These personal narratives are being accompanied by teacher and student learning/teaching guides focused toward a high school audience in the US. Purpose is to help further inspire young people in the US on how they can learn from outsiders and be positive change agents in their own communities in the US.
• On the Thai-Burma border, CPBI has led one of the most comprehensive studies focused on youth populations who are learning peace education and conflict resolution to learn of their aspirations and have shared it with the policy and practitioner community. That effort has given life to another organization that is focused on digital technology for human rights work.
• CPBI has financially supported peace education programs in Cambodia by supporting youth-led peace education initiatives.  
• CPBI financially supported and initially helped advice on creating national youth forums in Nepal.  These forums to organize cultural forums that gave voice to young generations of peace activists in Nepal.  In 2006, local youth-led organizations organized to promote the youth perspective’s in Nepal’s transition.
• CPBI supported video production of women and young people’s aspirations for peace in Kashmir.
• CPBI created one of the few free online resource spaces that strictly focus on youth issues.  It is called the Network for Youth in Transition.  It contains over 900 different resources from training manuals, reports, evaluations, blog posts, videos, events and youth policy related activities from around the world to guidance notes to effective programming for and with youth.

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?

• Incremental progress has been observed on several fronts.  Agencies are learning more about responsible engagement in areas of conflict and poor countries.
• Increased coordination among agencies is observed, yet competition for funding creates unfavorable relationships between international agencies and local grassroots organizations.  
• Greater recognition for sustainable engagement at the local level is becoming more evident.
• Local agencies are increasingly taking greater ownership and becoming less dependent on international agencies and some of their funding mechanisms for their work in the communities.

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

• Donor agency lack of clear understanding between conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding.
• Front-loading funding mechanisms that end up doing more harm
• NGO staff desire to do good conflicts at times with agency’s own mandates

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

Short term:
• Greater engagement through learning circles between local, and international agencies.
• Multi-country study on learning about the impact of foreign assistance for peace education and conflict resolution/peacebuilding programs. Its findings shared w/in the larger policy, donor and practitioner community.
Mid term:
• Learn more about inter-generational peace education and peace building program mechanisms.
• Help in creating a more inclusive peace and security framework that engages youth and women not just women.

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

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