AP contributes to developing the specific identity of Italy’s peacebuilding sector. To achieve this, AP works with several partners—from specialized agencies within the government to think tanks and NGOs—in order to promote a concrete and honest dialogue on how to improve Italy’s contribution to peacebuilding and security processes, in Europe and the world. This initiative includes the following activities: research and analysis on Italy’s contributions to peacebuilding policies; advocacy and awareness-raising vis-à-vis specialized actors, through events promoting exchanges, dialogue and reflection; and the promotion of mechanisms and tools for better coordination and learning.
Building on its historical commitments to Europe and multilateralism, Italy contributes regularly to the development of policies relating to international peace and security. Despite the work that many Italian actors—governmental and not—do on these issues, however, a true peacebuilding sector does not yet exist in Italy. What is lacking is not just coordination among relevant agencies, but also the sharing of relevant experiences, approaches and opportunities. This limits the overall effectiveness of the work of Italian actors, including that of the government, which, left to its own means, often ends up adopting policies on peace and security that lack a long-term vision.