The core membership of the GPPAC network is comprised of regional and international civil society organisations and networks involved in conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. Wherever possible, the network engages in active partnerships with individual governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector associations and other relevant bodies to pursue conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. Please see below for the regional secretariats and their contact information on the map. Please zoom into the map to see more.
GPPAC consists of members in fifteen regional networks, all of which are independent civil society organizations. The different bodies and positions that comprise the main structures of GPPAC are the following;
- The International Steering Group (ISG) is the primary governing body of the GPPAC network, consisting of representatives of GPPAC regional networks as well as non-regional members. It sets GPPAC's strategic direction, and decides on programmes' orientation and advocacy activities. It is informed and supported by its advisory body, the Programme Steering Committee.
- The GPPAC Foundation provides the legal base for the GPPAC network, and unites governance and operational bodies. It consists of the GPPAC Board and the Executive Director of the GPPAC Global Secretariat.
- The GPPAC Board provides leadership to the GPPAC network and is accountable to the ISG. It takes operational decisions on strategies, plans and budget allocations in between ISG meetings.
- The Global Secretariat operates under the GPPAC Foundation legal entity and supports the work of the governance and operational bodies, primarily the GPPAC Board, Regional Secretariats and the Programme Steering Committee. It facilitates timely exchange of information, channels of communication between these bodies and inclusive decision-making processes. In collaboration with Regional Secretariats and with the Programme Steering Committee it ensures synergy and coherence of GPPAC activities on the basis of the Strategic plan, regional long-term plans and annual work plans. Global Secretariat teams and the Programme Steering Committee monitor the implementation of strategies and thematic priorities at regional level, ensuring that GPPAC global engagements are based on regional inputs.
- Regional Secretariats are primary points of contact for the global network, i.e. via the Global Secretariat, as well as the main coordinating bodies of the regional networks. They coordinate work of the regional network and are accountable to their respective Regional Steering Groups.
- Regional Steering Groups (RSGs) consist of representatives of regional member organisations from different parts of a region. The RSG sets the general strategic direction at regional level, decides on priority programmes, creates regional strategic plans and plans joint fundraising efforts. It follows the implementation of programmes at regional level and advises on adaptation of plans if needed. The Regional Secretariat is accountable to the RSG.
- The Programme Steering Committee is the ISG advisory body whose main functions are to ensure coherence in the implementation of themes and strategies and monitor their successful implementation. It has the mandate to give feedback to regional work plans and to recommend priority activities. It makes suggestions for the Board's decisions on budget allocations.
- Thematic Working Groups fall under the Action Learning Strategy and are formed on the basis of GPPAC's thematic priorities: Preventive Action, Dialogue & Mediation, Peace Education and Human Security. To ensure coherence in the GPPAC network the four thematic Working Groups will be coordinated with Public Outreach and Policy & Advocacy strategies.
- ISG Liaisons are persons appointed for the specific task of taking a certain issue forward within the network, e.g. one of GPPAC's strategies or cross-cutting issues.
Civil society organisations working in conflict prevention and peacebuilding are eligible join GPPAC. If your organisation would like to become a member, please register on the Peace Portal, and then create an organisational profile from your dashboard (make sure you tick the box requesting GPPAC membership). The Regional Steering Group for your region will consider your membership request, so it may take a while before it is processed.