Peacebuilding Mapping

Mapping the Boundaries of an Expanding Field

The peacebuilding field has grown exponentially in both impact and influence over the past twenty years. Yet, in order for the field to meet the challenges of 21st century violence, it must evolve from what we refer to as Peacebuilding 1.0, a dynamic, yet disconnected series of activities across a broad range of sectors, to Peacebuilding 2.0, a unified field that harnesses the collective power of all peacebuilding interventions and leads to more stable, resilient societies.

AFP_mapping_report_coverThe Peacebuilding Mapping Project, a program of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), is funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), in partnership with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The PMP team conducted two surveys (one composed of AfP members and the other for the larger peacebuilding community), reaching out to more than 140 organizations. The data suggest that peacebuilding itself can be perceived as both a distinct field of practice and as a lens through which other fields view their work and develop programs. The data findings have wide-ranging implications on the way our community embraces its expanding structure.

Current Activities

  • The PMP report, Peacebuilding 2.0: Mapping the Boundaries of an Expanding Field was launched in October 2012 at USIP, featuring USIP President Jim Marshall, AfP President & CEO Melanie Greenberg, Dr. David A. Hamburg, and experts including Professor Necla Tschirgi, Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, University of San Diego; John Agoglia, IDS International; Hrach Gregorian, Institute of World Affairs; Jocelyn Kelly, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Sharon Morris, Mercy Corps; and Paul Williams, Public International Law and Policy Group.
  • The West Coast Launch of the PMP report took place in March 2013 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The event, entitled, “Bolstering Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding,” sought to address how the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding plays an increasingly important role in United States foreign policy. The event featured Edward Luck, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies; a Keynote Address by Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State, Conflict and Stabilization Operations; and a panel including AfP’s own CEO Melanie Greenberg, as well as Major General John Broadmeadow, Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, moderated by Necla Tschirgi, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Watch the video.

AfP is exploring future avenues to continue this study, in order to deepen the analysis of the survey data, keep the data current, and expand the breadth and depth of the pool of organizations surveyed beyond the United States.


For more information about AfP’s mapping work, contact Emily Mallozzi, Senior Manager for Outreach and Organizational Development, at emily@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.