Generations For Peace is a leading global non-profit peace-building organisation with its headquarters in Amman, Jordan. We are dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grass roots in communities, by promoting youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance, and responsible citizenship.
We are a volunteer movement, empowering, mentoring and supporting volunteers to be change-makers to create a better future in their own communities. Since 2007, we have trained and mentored more than 8,920 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With our support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 229,020 children, youth and adults.
Our annual budget is approx $4M. As well as funding from the governments of Norway, Belgium, the United States, and the European Union, we have excellent partnerships with several UN agencies and NGOs, within the Olympic Movement (Generations For Peace is the only peace through sport organisation officially recoigbised by the International Olympic Committee), and with corporate partners including Samsung (our partner since 2008), Orange and DHL Express.
Our Generations For Peace Institute has partnerships with Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and University of Western Cape.
Founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan and Sarah Kabbani in 2007, Generations For Peace is currently ranked “#32 in the Top 500 NGOs in the World" by Global Geneva (making us the second-highest-ranked peace-building NGO, and the top-ranked Jordanian NGO). Their ranking is based on an assessment of innovation, impact, and sustainability.
Generations For Peace is dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grass roots in communities, by promoting youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance, and responsible citizenship. We are a volunteer movement, empowering, mentoring and supporting volunteers to be change-makers to create a better future in their own communities.
We use sport as an entry point to engage with youth, and our carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behaviour change. Generations For Peace is the only peace-through-sport organisation officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
In addition to our sport-based approaches, we have also developed arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment activities to support conflict transformation with children, youth, and adults in different contexts.
Generations For Peace has developed a unique curriculum and cascading model for training carefully-selected volunteer leaders of youth, and mentoring and supporting them to implement sustained activities for children, youth and adults to address issues of cultural and structural violence in their own community. Contexts include: inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious violence; gender inequality; post-conflict trauma response, reconciliation and reintegration; exclusion of minorities including IDPs, refugees and people with a disability; and challenges of integration in multi-cultural societies. Conflict sensitivity, and the full participation and empowerment of girls and women, are integrated into our approach.
We are committed to robust measurement and evaluation of our programmes to support our learning and innovation, to identify best practices, and to demonstrate impact and sustainability. Our Generations For Peace Institute has partnerships with Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and University of Western Cape. The research evidence shows programme outcomes and impacts which include: reductions in different forms of violence; increased capacity to manage conflict in non-violent ways; strengthened ability to break-out of cycles of violence; changes in attitudes and shattering of stereotypes; greater understanding, respect and trust between different tribes, ethnic groups, religions, genders, and minorities; strengthened social capital and social networks; empowerment of girls and women; greater volunteerism, youth engagement, and responsible citizenship.
Our work can be seen as directly implementing UN Security Council Resolutions 2250 (recognising the positive role youth play in building sustainable peace, and the need for governments and other stakeholders to support the participation of young people in conflict transformation, peace building and countering violence) and 1325 (on the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace).
Since 2007, we have trained and mentored more than 8,920 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With our support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 229,020 children, youth and adults.
In any community, we use selected combinations of five "vehicles for change":
Sport For Peace: rather than pure sport activities following an official sport code, we use specifically-designed sport-based activities, games and drills which integrate peer-group peace-building education, because our objectives are peace-building outcomes rather than development of sporting skills or competitions. GFP Sport For Peace activities therefore harness the same energy of sport play, and the power of team dynamics and joint effort towards achieving a goal, but with the aim of changing attitudes, behaviour and relationships of the participants.
Arts For Peace: carefully facilitated art-based activities (such as painting, drama, and music) to foster positive behavioural change and to encourage the Generations For Peace Expressions of Change: specifically building acceptance, fostering cooperation, ensuring inclusion, developing respect, taking responsibility, and building trust within target groups. As with sport, art is used as an entry point for peace building. The purpose of Art For Peace is not for art itself, but rather the means through which to convey conflict transformation objectives. Art For Peace actviities are a powerful way to surface issues of conflict and vioence that need to be addressed, to support community acknowledgement of these issues, and to generate commitment for concrete collective actions to address them.
Advocacy For Peace: an ongoing advocacy campaign or regular activities sustained over a period of months, through print or broadcast media, social media, rallies, marches, demonstrations, parades, or other means, to promote messages for behaviour change and conflict transformation.
Dialogue For Peace: a particular approach to dialogue is set out, following the principles and practices of “Transformative Dialogue”. Transformative Dialogue is a type of facilitated Dialogue that views conflict as a crisis in human relationships. The aim of Transformative Dialogue is to transform the quality of interactions between people, from destructive to more positive and constructive. The goal is not necessarily to reach an agreement or reconciliation, but is to support a transformation in the relationships between the parties.
Empowerment For Peace: activities that provide capacity building for youth and adults who are trapped in a conflict as a result of their lack of power, influence, or status. These programmes offer participants new skills to help them break out of a cycle of destructive conflict.
Generations For Peace's unique curriculum and cascading model supports trained volunteers to lead change in their own communities, implementing carefully selected activities for a precisely selected target group, with activities being sustained over an average of 44 contact hours to ensure lasting behaviour-change impacts.
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Generations For Peace has its headquarters in Amman, and majro programmes in schools, in community centres, and youth centres across the country. But Generations For Peace also supports volunteeers and programmes in otehr countries acorss the Middle East and North Africa, within the scope of Anna Lindh's "Euro-Med" territorial focus.
We believe Generations For Peace can play roles as:
- local implenenting partner for youth-led conflict transformation programmes in these countries
- provide training in our unique Curriculum and Cascading Model
- support research through our Generations For Peace Institute
- host international trainings at our Conference Centre and Auditorium faciities at our Headquarters in Amman
Any partnership, and any network, thrives when it is founded on shared values. We believe that we share with Anna Lindh Foundation a passionate belief in:
- the untapped potential of youth to lead change in their communities;
- the importance of grass-roots bottom-up change that supports exostig strengths and assets in communities, local prioritisation of issues, local ownership of programme design, implementation and evaluation; and
- the importance of a rigourous focus on innovation, quality, impact and sustainability.
We believe Anna Lindh Foundation Network is a tremendously effective network across many countries and territories in which Generations For Peace is already working, and this network can offer Generations For Peace so many important opportunities for sharing and exchange and for partnership on programme acions, and research.