Practitioners

Peace Brigades International (PBI)
Founded in 1981, PBI has 35 years of experience working alongside human rights defenders, opening and protecting space for peace, conflict transformation and the defence of human rights in 14 countries. PBI is a life-saving international presence in areas of conflict and repression, and a powerful global advocacy network protecting those on the ground. PBI has worked in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, North America, Haiti, Nepal and the Balkans as well as their current field projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal.

PBI is a grassroots, non-hierarchical organisation and operates by delegated consensus. PBI’s work is based on the principles of non-partisanship and non-interference in the internal affairs of the organisations they accompany. PBI believes that lasting transformation of conflicts cannot be imposed from the outside, but must be based upon the capacity and desires of local people and their role is to open political space and provide moral support for local activists to carry out their work without fear of repression.

PBI Field Projects: http://www.peacebrigades.org/en/field-projects
PBI Country Groups: http://www.peacebrigades.org/en/country-groups
International structure of PBI:http://www.peacebrigades.org/en/about-pbi/organisation

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NVP)
As an unarmed, paid civilian protection force, Nonviolent Peaceforce fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians. With the headquarters in Ferney Voltaire (France) and an office in Minneapolis, NP field teams are presently deployed in the Philippines, in South Sudan, Myanmar and the Middle East. Our field staff include veterans of conflict zones, experienced peacekeepers, and those new to the field with the right combination of experience, skills, aptitude and attitude. Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is registered in the US as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and in France.

Within every combat zone they enter, and throughout their work worldwide, they want to achieve four overarching goals: 1) To create a space for fostering lasting peace. 2) To protect civilians, especially those made vulnerable because of the conflict. 3) To develop and promote the theory and practice of unarmed civilian peacekeeping so that it may be adopted as a policy option by decision makers and public institutions. 3) To build the pool of professionals able to join peace teams through regional activities, training, and maintaining a roster of trained, available people.

NVP Programmes and Field Projects: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/what-we-do/2014-09-19-15-18-31
NVP Offices: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/background/2014-09-10-18-34-19