Pathways for Peace – Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict

Client: The World Bank


How to prevent violent conflict.

Our approach:

Input paper on how to conceptualise multidimensional risks that lead to violent conflict, including case studies and interview series with UN offices in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Philippines and Egypt hub. Pathways for Peace presented national and international actors an agenda for action to ensure that attention, efforts, and resources are focused on prevention. 


The report looked at how development processes can better interact with diplomacy and mediation, security and other tools to prevent conflict from becoming violent.

To understand ‘what works,’ it reviewed the experience of different countries and institutions to highlight elements that have contributed to peace. Central to these efforts is the need to address grievances around exclusion from access to power, opportunity and security. States hold the primary responsibility for prevention, but to be effective, civil society, the private sector, regional and international organisations must be involved.

Enhancing the meaningful participation of women and youth in decision making, as well as long-term policies to address the aspirations of women and young people are fundamental to sustaining peace.