Agency for Peacebuilding
Agency for Peacebuilding (AP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conditions to enable the resolution of conflict, reduce violence and contribute to a durable peace across Europe, its neighbouring countries and the world.
AP is the first Italian organization specializing in peacebuilding. This allows us to occupy a unique role in the European landscape: on the one hand, we interpret and synthesize relevant topics for the benefit of Italian agencies and institutions working on peace and security; on the other, we highlight experiences, capacities and resources specific to the Italian system, which can contribute to the resolution of violent conflict.
Nowadays there are numerous countries, regions and communities afflicted by protracted conflict and various forms of violence. There are, inevitably, multiple and complex causes for these events; their resolution, therefore, requires a strong commitment on the part of both local and international actors. Yet, this commitment is all too often lacking, which results in conflicts that are left to degenerate into ever greater cycles of violence.
Contrary to this reality, AP’s overall vision is of a world where conflicts can be transformed—through research of innovative solutions that are non-violent and sustainable—into opportunities to promote cooperation based on open and honest dialogue.
Conflict is in fact the manifestation of existing differences between people, institutions and nations, as well as the reciprocity that binds their actions. If effectively managed, conflict can represent an opportunity to resolve common challenges and support human development. However, insufficient efforts can risk generating further violence. Because of this, AP works to manage conflicts non-violently, promoting diversity and reciprocity and collaborating with other actors engaged in building peace.