Berghof Contribution to the United Nations-Worldbank Flagship Study „Pathways for Peace“


In early 2017, the Berghof Foundation was approached by the United Nations Development Programme to contribute a background paper on domestic actors and processes that aim to prevent and address instances of ongoing or impeding political violence in their national contexts for the first joint UN-World Bank Flagship Report on conflict prevention and development. Responding to this request, our team (consisting of Prof. Hans J. Giessmann in the lead, and supported by Janel B. Galvanek and Christine Seifert) produced the study Curbing Violence: Developing, Application, and the Sustaining of National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, which was submitted to the World Bank in April 2017.

Our contribution examines important stakeholders, structures and processes as well as the design and implementation of national capacities for conflict prevention in six case study countries. Based on the case study analysis, it develops recommendations for how international support can best reinforce national actors and support structures in their function of preventing violent conflict.

The short version of the UN-World Bank report titled Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict was presented to the public by UN Secretary General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at a high-level meeting during the UN General Assembly in New York in September. It marks an important milestone in efforts towards closer cooperation between the two institutions in their engagement in crisis-affected contexts. We are pleased to see our recommendations included in this significant contribution towards more effective international cooperation in fostering sustainably peaceful and inclusive societies.

The launch of the full report is scheduled for the end of 2017.