What is GPPAC?
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a global member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations with their own priorities, character and agenda. These regional networks are represented in an International Steering Group, which jointly determines our global priorities and actions for our conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. To get an overview of what GPPAC does, check out this interactive map.
Our mission is to promote a shift in how armed conflict is dealt with: a shift from reaction to prevention. We do this through multi-actor collaboration and local ownership of strategies for peace and security. Together, we aim to achieve greater national, regional and global synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to strengthen the role of local members in the regions affected by conflict.
Together we work on supporting the capacity of our regional networks for collaborative action by facilitating regional and global exchanges: members from diverse regions meet to learn from each other's experiences. Our members also connect with other actors, including the UN, regional intergovernmental organisations such as the League of Arab States, state actors, the media and academia. This has resulted in unique initiatives, showing our ability to bridge global policy making with local ownership and practice on the ground. Our work is guided by our current Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and is structured around three core strategies: enabling collaboration, improving practice, and influencing policy. Cutting across our strategic and thematic priorities is a commitment to gender mainstreaming and we strive to integrate gender perspectives in all our work.
GPPAC seeks a world where violence and armed conflicts are prevented and resolved by peaceful means based on justice, gender equity, sustainable development and human security for all.
GPPAC is a global network that links civil society with relevant local, national, regional and international actors and institutions to collectively contribute to a fundamental change in dealing with violence and armed conflicts: a shift from reaction to prevention.
GPPAC is organised primarily through regional networks and global structures.
At the regional level, GPPAC is governed by Regional Steering Groups (RSGs) and at the global level by an International Steering Group (ISG), in majority composed of representatives from GPPAC regional networks. Each GPPAC Region is coordinated by a Regional Secretariat.
The Global Strategy Group is an advisory body to the GPPAC Foundation Board and the ISG. Its primary responsibility is to articulate the overall strategic direction and policy in GPPAC projects, for consideration by the GPPAC Foundation Board and the ISG.
GPPAC Regions or GPPAC globally may decide to create additional structures to enable the network to operate, build partnerships with other stakeholders and contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
GPPAC overall is coordinated by a Global Secretariat which operates under the GPPAC Foundation (registered and based in the Netherlands) and supports the work of the governance and operational bodies of the GPPAC Network, primarily the GPPAC Board, Regional Secretariats and the Global Strategy Group.
For more detailed information about GPPAC's governance, please consult our Charter, available here in PDF format.