The mission of the Peace Appeal Foundation is to assist national stakeholders in the design and implementation of peace and national change processes. The aim of this work is to achieve agreed, fair and just outcomes, ending violent political conflict.
The Peace Appeal Foundation works by invitation. In collaboration with local and international partners, we help stakeholders develop peace and national change processes that are long-term and multi-faceted. These processes resemble "ecosystems", involving a multiplicity of interdependent individual and institutional actors, initiatives and ideas. Our efforts encompass three distinct, but mutually reinforcing elements:
Peace Structures- work with local partners to catalyze and develop institutions and other formal, as well as informal, structures to support dialogue and negotiations.
Knowledge Resources - assist stakeholders in developing and disseminating the broad range of research tools, new research and existing information needed to enhance effective peace and conflict transformation efforts.
Human Capital - support key local actors and changemakers in facilitating and advising national change processes and fielding international experts as requested and appropriate.
Inclusivity – processes must embrace the diversity of national stakeholders if they are to take root.
Authenticity - processes must both be owned by and reflect the cultures, traditions and needs of local stakeholders.
Innovation – processes must constantly adapt to the changing realities of the dynamic systems underlying political conflicts
Independence – individuals and institutions serving these processes must preserve strict independence while simultaneously being enaged with, and understanding of, each party's interests.
How We Operate:
The Peace Appeal Foundation is a coordinated network of committed individual and institutional stakeholders, from our Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Associates, Advisers, Institutional Partners and Local Counterparts.
Since our founding we have chosen to work flexibly through, or in partnership with, other institutions as the environment necessitates. The focus of our efforts is on the processes and initiatives we serve.
The Peace Appeal Foundation is not a grantmaking institution. We mobilize resources -human, financial and knowledge- for institutions and processes on the ground in countries in conflict. Many of these resources flow directly to our partners, not through the Peace Appeal Foundation.
The seeds of the Peace Appeal Foundation can be traced to a group of Nobel Peace Laureates and individuals who helped launch the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence in the late 1990s. In 1997, all 27 living Nobel Peace Laureates issued an appeal to the Heads of State of all member countries of the United Nations known as the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates for the Children of the World. The Appeal was one of the formative initiatives leading to the declaration by the United Nation's General Assembly of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, beginning in 2001.
Inspired by the ideals of the Appeal and the UN Declarations, a group of Nobel Peace Laureates and individuals launched the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation in South Africa, Sweden and then in the United States. The initial founding and mandating members of the Peace Appeal Foundation are:
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
F.W. de Klerk
Fr. John Dear
James Michael Wine
Colin Vivian Jones
They formed the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation with the goal of pursuing innovative peace education programs in support of peace building and conflict resolution globally.
While those ideals continue to be central to our vision, our mission and work have evolved substantially. In 2005 we renamed ourselves the Peace Appeal Foundation. Today our work focuses on intensive support of peace processes globally, and on the development of innovative methodologies, tools and educational materials in support of our peace and conflict resolution efforts. In our work, we leverage the extensive experience, skills and knowledge of our founders, advisors and partners with the goal of creating a more comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to building peace globally.
September 25, 2011
Dear Mr. Siebert, Mr. Wine and Mr. Jones:
We wish to congratulate you and your colleagues on the work of the Peace Appeal Foundation on the 10th anniversary of its founding in support of the goals of the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates for the Children of the World. We are pleased to see that the foundation continues its work to realize the vision we shared when we participated in its founding a decade ago.
As peacemakers one of our greatest challenges is to harness humanity’s hope and desire for peace into collective action that brings about peace in societies that have been ravaged by conflict. No peace effort can fulfill its potential if it is limited to one segment or strata of society. In the last 10 years, the Peace Appeal Foundation’s work has demonstrated an innovative and inclusive vision of peacebuilding. In particular your efforts to aid stakeholders in Sri Lanka, Nepal and now Lebanon, to create common spaces that engage diverse stakeholders (from women to youth, from senior political leadership to representatives of displaced populations) in dialogue and ultimately joint action are inspiring, and should be supported, studied further and shared widely. The attention your work is attracting from stakeholders in peace processes, scholars, government officials, and other peace and conflict resolution practitioners, is a testament to the creativity and effectiveness of your approach.
As you enter your second decade, we hope there will be opportunities for future collaboration so that the insights gained from your experiences may be more broadly shared by all those seeking to build a culture of non-violence and a more peaceful future for the children of the world.
With every wish for your continued success,
F.W. de Klerk