Beyond Window Dressing: Harnessing Civil Society Power for Peace

By Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Published on Devex

One of the most powerful messages to emerge from the recent World Humanitarian Summit was the need to put peace and conflict prevention at the center of humanitarian crises. At its heart, the current wave of migration is not just a refugee crisis, but a crisis of peace. We need to address the drivers of conflict and not simply the symptoms. To do this, we need to harness not only the resources of governments and donors, but also the powerful collective voice of civil society, which has the power to identify drivers of conflict — and create innovative solutions. It can only do this, however, if it is truly representative and engaged.

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