Our vision and approach

Our Vision

Nowadays there are numerous countries, regions and communities afflicted by protracted conflict and various forms of violence.

There are multiple and complex causes for these events and their resolution 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.

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.

Our Approach

AP works on the basis of eight guiding principles:

 

  • the use of civil capacities and tools;
  • the primacy and leadership of individuals and groups who are directly affected by violent conflict;
  • reciprocity as a precondition for establishing relationships that are truly equal between individuals, communities and agencies that are engaged in finding solutions to conflict;
  • an appreciation of the diversity that exists among people, communities and institutions;
  • a peacebuilding approach that is concrete;
  • a peacebuilding approach that is results-oriented;
  • a peacebuilding approach that is open to confrontation;
  • a peacebuilding approach that is open to innovation and creativity.

Civil capacity and tools

Innovative peacebuilding

Results-oriented

Dialogue and confrontation

Dialogue and confrontation

Innovation and creativity

Equal relations and reciprocity

Appreciation of the diversity

among people, communities and institutions

Primacy and leadership

of individuals and groups directly affected by violent conflict