The focus in this program is on public latent, open, and structural violence as opposed to domestic/private sphere violence and non organised criminal violence. There are however often links between different types of violence, e.g. in the public and private spheres. Conflict can be important for social change, but the focus here is on violent destructive conflict.
The NCA peacebuilding programme goal is that Communities enjoy increased levels of peace. To achieve this, it is geared towards ending open, potential and structural violence. The main objective in the 2016-2020 programme period is for social groups to experience constructive interand intragroup relations. Whilst the programme is new, it builds on aspects of three programmes from NCA’s previous strategic period: Faith Communities and Peacebuilding; Women Peace and Security; and Community Violence and Small Arms Control. The programme also strengthens the capacity and sustainability of civil society actors working on peacebuilding, with a particular focus on faithbased actors (FBA).
Compared to its predecessors, the peacebuilding programme has a greater focus on diminishing violence between groups. At the programme and project design level this requires methodologies that strengthen collaboration between groups, advocate for sustainable solutions to structural causes of violence, and support inclusive structures for conflict prevention and mediation. The programme works with the Reflecting on Peace Processes and Do No Harm tools as integrated elements of these approaches. NCA has both the experience and legitimacy in engaging, challenging and collaborating with religious actors, an addedvalue central to achieving the programme’s ambitions. Engaging these religious actors and organisations is vital, as they play, or have the potential to play, key roles in peacebuilding processes.