World Vision sees peacebuilding as an integral element in the process of transformational development.
"Our experience has taught us that violent conflict is not inevitable. World Vision speaks out on our observations in violence-prone areas and resilience of victims of violence," says James Odong, World Vision's peacebuilding coordinator for eastern Africa.
"In our peacebuilding programmes, World Vision works across all levels of society, with a particular focus on long-term commitment to grassroots partners".
As diverse groups and organisations in society raise concerns and express different interests, peacebuilding is a process which can address these differing interests in ways that can lead to positive change.
Peacebuilding in practice
World Vision's peacebuilding efforts in Cambodia have focussed on the empowerment of children as peacebuilders, transforming relationships between different ethnic groups and transforming systems and structures that have perpetuated injustice.
Other examples of World Vision's peacebuilding experience from around the world include:
Working with others
At the international level, World Vision is an active member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and, in July 2005, participated in the GPPAC conference at the UN headquarters in New York together with about 1,000 other civil society delegates.
In the European Union, we play an active role in the European Peacebuilding Liaison Organisation (EPLO).