Our expertise

Our work is grounded in Interpeace’s core principles, realized through a range of practical methods, and practiced through an array of skills. IPAT Advisers and Associates share Interpeace’s own inclusive, collaborative, and participatory approach to ensure legitimacy, and enhance relationships across all levels of society. We combine Interpeace’s local peacebuilding knowledge with the latest international thinking and help you broaden the quality of your local engagement.

Principles we Share

IPAT’s work is grounded in the core principles of Interpeace’s approach to peacebuilding:
  • Principle of Inclusivity

All stakeholders across society need to be engaged in a process of change, including individuals and groups that are often overlooked or seen as difficult to engage with. This ensures that society collectively builds peace and has a shared sense of ownership and responsibility.

  • Principle of Local Ownership

Peace must be built from within societies, making sure that concerns are defined from the local perspective and that peacebuilding priorities are determined locally. This guarantees that peace is built in locally effective ways and that the responsibility lies with all local stakeholders.

  • Principle of Trust

All individuals and groups in society need to achieve mutual understanding and a common vision, on issues both small and large, and build relationships of trust. This ensures that all local stakeholders remain engaged together and committed to building lasting peace.

  • Principle of Participation

Stakeholders need to have a role in decision-making throughout the peacebuilding process. How to engage and empower stakeholders in such processes is crucial.

  • Principle of Time Commitment

Building lasting peace requires a long-term commitment to supporting society to transform the way it manages conflict. Peace is a process that requires both time and commitment.

Approaches we Use

IPAT provides advising and training to enhance the capacity of teams and individuals to engage effectively in their peacebuilding roles.

Our approach to capacity strengthening focuses on enhancing organizational and individual capacity through reflective learning. Our courses and events are designed to help you:

  • Increase your awareness of critical issues such as: the crucial role of emotional and relational aspects in peacebuilding among people; the critical value of multi-stakeholder processes; the detrimental gap that can exist between external analysis, local experience and understanding the importance of ensuring inclusive national dialogues and agreements in gaining broad-based support.
  • Strengthen your skills for addressing these issue in locally relevant ways.
  • Improve your know-how for bringing together knowledge and skills to engage strategically and effectively in a range of contexts.

Capacity Strengthening services are tailored to your particular objectives and needs, and are available in through our Annual Courses, and through Customized Learning Events.

Methods we Apply

  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue

    This approach brings together different stakeholders in State and society to build convergence  around social and political divides. Through the use of a range of dialogue techniques, multi-stakeholder processes generate shared understandings, renew relationships and work to transform attitudes and behaviours.

  • Action Research (AR) and Participatory Action-Research (PAR)

    These research-based approaches are used in the context of consultative and deliberative processes in communities. They emphasize the collection of locally-grounded information and foster the development of shared bases of knowledge that dilute polarized and conflicting positions.

Other methods include:
  • Participatory Polling
  • Participatory Conflict Assessment
  • Collaborative Design

Skills we Build

  • Leadership
  • Dialogue
  • Advising
  • Collaboration
  • Strategic Design and Planning
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict Sensitivity