Crisis Group event in Ouagadougou​, Burkina Faso, in October 2017. CRISISGROUP/Julie David de Lossy
Media Release

Crisis Group Partners with UK’s New “Smart Peace” Initiative

International Crisis Group is pleased to announce its membership of a newly established “Smart Peace” program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The four-year program, announced this week by Alistair Burt, the UK Minister of State at DfID, aims to deliver innovative mechanisms aimed at addressing the root causes of conflicts.

Crisis Group will join a specialist global consortium which includes Conciliation Resources, The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, The Asia Foundation, The Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, Behavioural Insights Team and Chatham House.

“This initiative is a unique opportunity to bring together some of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations and experts”, said Crisis Group’s President & CEO Robert Malley. “Crisis Group will bring to the program its many years of expertise in the fields of conflict prevention and resolution”.

The consortium will analyse successful approaches to ending conflicts and draw upon research and expertise from a range of disciplines. It aims to help communities, international NGOs and policymakers to plan and implement peace strategies with greater confidence.

At a time when conflicts are growing deadlier, rivalries are escalating and international trends are taking an alarming turn, Crisis Group is pleased to support the new program and invest in sustainable solutions.

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