IPAT is an initiative of Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization. IPAT draws upon the organization’s twenty years of hands-on practical experience and peacebuilding expertise.
IPAT is composed of a team of Senior Peacebuilding Advisers and a network of Associates who can provide support and strengthen capacities for individuals and teams to improve their strategies for peace and enhance their impact.
Interpeace supports peacebuilding efforts around the world working closely with local partners.
Interpeace created IPAT in 2013 to be able to respond to the increasing demand from international and other local actors in countries where Interpeace did not have long-standing programmes, wishing to benefit from the organization’s experience and know-how in order to improve the impact of their peacebuilding strategies, policies and processes.
After an initial proof of concept phase, IPAT was officially launched on the 27th of February 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva with the support of Governments of France, the Netherlands and Sweden (videos).
Interpeace supports peacebuilding efforts around the world working with local partners, drawing strength from an alliance of national teams with a long-term commitment to building peace in their own societies.
IPAT is a service for actors requiring support and capacity-strengthening in order to improve their strategies for peace and enhance their peacebuilding impact.
Building peace is a complex long-term process fraught with a multitude of political and practical challenges for national and international actors. Even when we have the best analysis, translating the right insights into impact remains elusive. Many peacebuilding efforts fail not because of deficiencies in their content, but because of deficiencies in the how of peacebuilding.
IPAT’s work is grounded in the core principles of Interpeace’s approach to peacebuilding. IPAT Advisers and Associates share Interpeace’s own inclusive, collaborative, and participatory approach to ensure legitimacy, and enhance relationships across all levels of society.
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IPAT operates under Interpeace, an independent international peacebuilding organization and a strategic partner of the United Nations. Interpeace was created by the United Nations in 1994. It became an independent organization in 2000 while maintaining a unique partnership with the UN.
IPAT services are paid for by the recipient client. In some cases, other donors assume the costs for services provided to a client. Interpeace covers some of IPAT’s operating costs.
IPAT’s offices are located within Interpeace’s Headquarters in Geneva.
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IPAT is composed of a team of Senior Peacebuilding Advisers and a network of Associates, supported by a core team in our Geneva Office.
Our Senior Peacebuilding Advisers and Associates have worked on the front lines of peacebuilding practice in some of the most challenging contexts. Drawing on a diverse set of professional experiences, including in the diplomatic corps, the United Nations, relief agencies, and research and policy institutes, IPAT Advisers and Associates are practised at applying their peacebuilding expertise to a range of practical and political challenges.
The core team in Geneva is composed of the Head of IPAT and a Programme Officer.
IPAT Peacebuilding Associates are peacebuilding professionals hand selected by IPAT and Interpeace to work as members of the IPAT team on projects for which their special expertise is of relevance and value.
Associates are not members of Interpeace staff, but serve as an available network for IPAT to draw upon in both the development and implementation of projects, mandates, and services. Associates represent a variety of backgrounds, and in so doing help to extend the range of capacities that can be offered by IPAT. However, Associates are carefully vetted to ensure they share Interpeace’s core principles and approaches.
IPAT Advisers are carefully selected international consultants whose professional experience and approaches closely match IPAT services and working principles. Advisers benefit from and contribute to broader Interpeace institutional learning, and form an integral part of its global peacebuilding community of practice.
If you are interested in being considered as an IPAT Adviser, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any questions about IPAT’s functioning or how we can be of service to you, please contact email@example.com.
IPAT’s strategic advice enables you to make an informed analysis of how to best support the local peacebuilding needs and opportunities; to engage in design processes that are inclusive and effectively responsive to the local needs and realities; and to implement solutions that integrate all stakeholders’ needs and that react and adjust to shifting contexts.
Examples: Participatory Conflict Analyses ● Peace and Development Analyses ● Post-Conflict Capacities Assessments ● National and Regional Peacebuilding Strategies ● Reconciliation Processes ● Social Cohesion Dialogues ● Constitution-Making Processes ● Strategic Design and Planning
IPAT’s capacity strengthening services are tailored to your particular objectives and needs, and are available in through our Annual Courses, and through Customized Learning Events (Customized Diplomatic training courses ● Conflict-Sensitivity ● Participatory Assessment Skills ● Peacebuilding Dialogue Skills ● Planning for Local Ownership).
Potential candidates to IPAT’s annual courses are notified through a series of channels when the registration is open. Information will be posted on both the IPAT and Interpeace websites detailing the application process and the corresponding deadline. You may also subscribe to the Interpeace newsletter which will provide you with the relevant information.
IPAT works with each client to select the right approaches to learning and analysis to help our clients achieve its goals. We focus on understanding the dynamics between all stakeholder groups from their different perspectives to uncover challenges and opportunities for peace that could otherwise be overlooked. We support you in learning about these needs, and advise you on how to make strategic use of the new insights to create inclusive and effective strategies, policies and processes.