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Supporting peacebuilding in times of change

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What are the significant and recurrent factors that influence support to peacebuilding in Europe? And how will these impact the future engagement of the peacebuilding community in the years to come?

The changes in Europe’s political environment will likely have considerable implications for international and development cooperation, including peace and security priorities. We, therefore, asked ourselves: “How are the changes across Europe affecting European countries’ political and financial support to peacebuilding and prevention of violent conflicts worldwide?”

In early 2017, we launched a research project aimed at exploring the issues. We analysed what drives support for peacebuilding in the EU institutions, Germany, Sweden and the UK and why change is likely to have an accelerated pace. By interviewing more than 60 people from ministries of foreign affairs, NGOs, development agencies and think tanks, we were able to produce a final report and four reports on each of the case studies.

It’s time for the peacebuilding community, both in Europe and abroad, to self-reflect and look hard at the factors that drive change.

Get in touch with us

Would you like to know more about this project and/or share your thoughts and feedback? Please get in touch with Andrew Sherriff. For media enquiries, please contact Virginia Mucchi.

 Synthesis report

Read the synthesis report online.

Case studies reports

More case studies coming soon.


The European Union and the United Nations need each other more than ever
Pauline Veron and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 17 December 2018

What we can learn from Sweden on promoting sustainable peace
Pauline Veron and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 11 December 2017

Rethinking Germany’s peace policy: From crisis management to sustainable peace?
Matthias Deneckere and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 9 June 2017

Europe’s response to violent conflict: Shifting priorities in a changing world?
Andrew Sherriff, Pauline Veron and Matthias Deneckere, ECDPM blog, 24 May 2017


This interactive tool guides you through all studies, infographics, blogs, videos and events related to this project.

In this interview, Andrew Sherriff, head of the European External Affairs programme at ECDPM, tells us more about the changing nature of peacebuilding in Europe. The video features Rory Keane (Head of Office United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security) and Sonya Reines-Djivanides (Executive Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office).

In this infographic, we show how policies concerning peacebuilding have evolved from the early 1990s until today. Download it here.

ECDPM identifies eight factors that influence the changing support to peacebuilding. Download it here.

What are the trends related to violent conflict and international response? Here is an infographic that visualises them at a glance. You can download the first and the second page of this infographic.