Girl holds candle

From violence to peace

Violence is a major cause of poverty, capable of wiping out years of development and destroying thriving societies. Over the last 70 years we have worked in many conflict-affected countries and settings, often working directly on issues of violence and peace.

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

Our approach

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.

Rosamond Bennett

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

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.

26 April 2019

02 April 2019

21 December 2018

Watch Bishop Peter reflect on Bishop Paride's 28 words of peace.

20 December 2018

Children at St Bede's School Cambridge raise over £1700

17 December 2018

Working among Palestinians and Syrian refugees in Lebanon

17 December 2018

Zeina Zakar visits the South-east region to raise awareness of the many and complex problems faced by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

13 December 2018

Christian Aid calls on the UK Government to address double standards on war and peace.

Reports and resources

These notes are designed to help teachers run a sixth form workshop on the art of peace

These prayers are for Zimbabwe at a time of change and transition.

A prayer and blessing to welcome the dawn of the New Year with hope.

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.

Order this poster to put up in your church.

A beautiful dove decoration to hang up at home or in church. Cut it out, put it together and add your own festive message inside!

Read our three briefing papers for the World Bank Group.

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.

Contact us

Want to know more? If you have any enquiries about our work, please contact us