In 1945, Christian Aid was born out of the need to respond to the effects of violence and conflict of this time. In the following 70 years we have worked in many conflict-affected countries and settings, often working directly on issues of violence and peace. While we are not a specialist peace building organisation, tackling violence and building peace is a strategic priority.
We are seeking:
- increased protection for those most vulnerable to violence – and equipping them to address the causes of violence, to tackle impunity and resolve conflict peacefully
- the development of peaceful and effective alternatives to violence and armed conflict
- to support broad social movements for change with women at the centre that successfully address root causes of violence and act to transform them with justice.
Read Christian Aid's Tackling violence, building peace: global strategy 2016
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Our partnership model is at the heart of our approach to tackling violence. This approach allows us to root our work in the concerns of communities, either by working on conflict within communities or linking communities' concerns to national and international processes.
Our partners work to:
- protect communities
- reduce violence
- transform conflict.
We believe that the key elements to creating sustainable peace are:
- understanding the power and the politics of change in any context
- a context-specific approach
- a commitment to gender.
We work in hard-to-reach places and have the potential to reach the most excluded in any situation, to create social cohesion, strengthen local capacity and support empowerment.
In many places where there is conflict, violence and state fragility, our partners have the ability to act as a relationship broker. Christian Aid supports our partners to access response mechanisms, donors, the media, advocacy platforms and other actors.
We believe in tackling violence as it is a major driver of poverty and a barrier to development. We believe the world can and must be changed so that there is equality, dignity and freedom for all.
Chief Executive Officer, Christian Aid Ireland
Our work on violence and peace building includes specific interventions and a cross-cutting focus in the following areas:
Violence reduction and peace building connected to development interventions
This work aims to build peace by directly targeting drivers of violence and working on root causes. Our work includes an Irish Aid funded programme in Angola, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Central America, Colombia, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (IoPt), and programmes in Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Egypt.
Peace building interventions
National peace and reconciliation processes interventions mainly involve key influential actors such as religious leaders and represent community concerns. Examples of our work in this area include programmes in Colombia, South Sudan, Myanmar, IoPt and Zimbabwe.
Humanitarian interventions designed to be sensitive to conflict
This approach involves using specific tools to:
- conduct a conflict-aware context analysis
- monitor and evaluate development and humanitarian programmes in the context of endemic violence and conflict
- take into consideration the conflict dynamics that a particular context presents during the whole project/programme cycle.
Read more about our humanitarian work.
Gender sensitive work and gender-based violence
Our work in this area includes projects in Malawi, Kenya, DRC and Zimbabwe, and a regional programme in Latin America.
Read more about our work on gender and inclusion.
Blogs and stories
09 July 2020
Mahmoud, like many young men in north west Syria faces unemployment. We find out more about his experiences with his local education centre, run by a Christian Aid partner, and the job options it has opened up for him.
22 January 2020
On International Day of Education, we share stories from students who are able to continue their studies at an education centre supported by our local Syrian partner with funding from the European Union.
22 October 2019
The annual Richmond Riverside Walk was another huge success this year.
02 October 2019
Despite the dangers of detainment, torture and death, Syrian women risk their lives to build peace. These are their stories.
01 October 2019
After Prince Harry’s trip to Kwando Kubango in southeast Angola, Siân Curry highlights how people there are still waiting for the land to be made safe.
11 July 2019
This week marks the anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. Eight years on from that momentous day, both South Sudan and Sudan are in an extremely fragile state following dramatic events over the past year.
10 July 2019
Which country avoided structural adjustment and underwent economic transformation with the help of a single crop, asks Eric Gutierrez, Senior Adviser From Violence to Peace
18 June 2019
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Conflict, we express our concern for all women around the world whose bodies have been used as a weapon of war.
14 June 2019
The volunteer, the entrepeneur, the survivor, the midwife, the pastor, the reformed
06 June 2019
How we used an Integrated Conflict Prevention and Resilience approach (ICPR) in humanitarian programmes.
A small selection of our conflict and peace building programmes from around the world.
Reports and resources
A report analysing approaches to conflict transformation and peacebuilding in South Sudan.
A policy and practice summary identifying overarching lessons contributing to the effectiveness of peacebuilding in South Sudan.
Without an explicit focus on peace, there can be no sustainable development. This study shares key examples of impact and some things we’ve learnt alo
Millions of marginalised people rely on illicit drug economies for survival. It is time to end the separation of drugs policy and development policy.
A PowerPoint presentation about rebuilding lives after conflict, using Angola as a case study.
A prayer for all communities displaced by violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Download this report providing a snapshot of corporate approaches to modern day slavery based on research of 21 leading brands and retailers.
This paper is the product of a collaboration between ODI and Christian Aid Ireland to assess the relevance of adaptive approaches.
Read our three briefing papers for the World Bank Group.
The SDGs barely reach the places where peacebuilding is most urgent. Here, the illicit drug economy plays a complex, overlooked role in survival.
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