Positive Peace 2023 Briefing
Analysing the factors that build, predict and sustain peace.
Positive Peace is transformational in that it is a cross-cutting facilitator for progress.
Positive Peace is a transformational concept because it shifts the focus away from the negative by describing the necessary conditions for peace and society to flourish.
Positive Peace is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Due to its systemic nature, improvements in Positive Peace not only strengthen peace, but are also associated with many other desirable outcomes for society, such as higher GDP growth, better measures of wellbeing, higher levels of resilience and more harmonious societies.
Importantly, it provides a theory of social change, explaining how societies transform and evolve. Positive Peace describes an optimal environment under which human potential can flourish.
The Institute has developed a conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, that outlines a system of eight factors that work together to build positive peace. Derived from a statistical analysis of over 40,000 datasets, the Pillars of Peace provides a roadmap to overcome adversity and conflict, and to build lasting peace.