EPLO has 40 member organisations from 16 European countries (12 EU Member States plus Kosovo, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). EPLO’s members are individual NGOs, networks of NGOs and think tanks. Click here to view a map showing the location of EPLO member organisations’ offices around the world (April 2019).
Agency for Peacebuilding
The Agency for Peacebuilding (AP) promotes conditions that can enable the resolution of conflict, reduce violence and contribute to a durable peace across Europe, its neighbourhood and the world. AP is the first Italian organization specializing on peacebuilding. This allows us to occupy a unique role in the European landscape: on the one hand, we interpret and synthesize relevant topics for the benefit of Italian agencies and institutions working on peace and security; on the other, we highlight the experiences, capacities and resources specific to the Italian system and which can contribute to the resolution of violent conflict.
The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation that supports efforts to prevent political and social violence, and to achieve sustainable peace through conflict transformation.
Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention
The Budapest Centre is the operational body of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. It is a non-governmental international entity with unique technical and political expertise in the fields of conflict prevention, human rights, international and humanitarian law. Its staff is comprised of international experts, researchers, international lawyers, analysts, mediators and diplomats able to provide the Centre with the necessary knowledge and experience to reach its goals and objectives.
Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid)
Cordaid is the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid. Inspired by compassion, solidarity and subsidiarity, they see it as their mission to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people where it is most needed and most difficult: in fragile and conflict-affected societies.
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre)
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. Their mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
Christian Aid Ireland
Christian Aid Ireland is an international aid and development agency of the Protestant Churches of Great Britain and Ireland.
As part of the Christian Aid family, they work across 37 countries to support poor and marginalised people, whatever their beliefs, sexuality, gender or ethnicity, to lift themselves out of poverty.
Christian Aid Ireland has a special focus on 22 core countries, where they concentrate their efforts to best effect.
Community of Sant’Egidio
The Community of Sant’Egidio is a worldwide movement of lay people, based on prayer, solidarity, ecumenism, dialogue. Sant’Egidio is deeply committed to human rights, cultural diversity, sustainable development and the rule of law as our actions show (in the field of peacemaking, fight against the death penalty, support to the registration of children at birth in Africa, work with the New Europeans, etc.)
Conciliation Resources is an international organisation committed to stopping violent conflict and creating more peaceful societies.
They provide advice, support and practical resources to help divided communities resolve their differences peacefully. In addition, they take what they learn to government decision-makers and others working to end conflict, to improve policies and peacebuilding practice worldwide.
Concordis International works impartially alongside those involved in or affected by armed conflict, so that through dialogue they may build relationships of mutual trust and together develop and implement policies that improve human security and lay firm foundations for lasting peace.
Crisis Management Initiative
The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent Finnish organisation that works to prevent and resolve violent conflicts through informal dialogue and mediation. Nobel Peace laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari founded CMI in 2000. Since then, the organisation has grown to become one of the leaders in its field
Democratic Progress Institute
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is an independent non-governmental organisation, which was established in consultation with a group of international experts in the areas of conflict resolution and democratic advancement. DPI seeks to promote peace and democracy building through strengthened public dialogue and engagement. They provide a unique programme model which combines theoretical foundations and expertise-sharing with practical approaches such as conferences and other platforms for exchange.
DPI’s work is supported by a Council of Experts composed of preeminent international specialists spanning from policy experts to academics and human rights practitioners. The Institute seeks to provide expertise, combining research and practicable approaches to broaden bases for wider public involvement in promoting peace and democracy building.
European Institute of Peace
The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is an independent body that partners with European states and the European Union to craft strategic and effective approaches to conflict prevention, resolution, dialogue and mediation.
EIP’s purpose is to protect and improve the lives of people experiencing, at risk of, or recovering from violent conflict. Its work is guided by states that share a common commitment to human rights and to European values in reducing violence and promoting a global peace agenda.
It is unique in combining the flexibility of a non-governmental organisation with the diplomatic reach associated with its board. This access to a wide range of actors at many levels allows it to pursue and support strategic discussions with senior decision makers as well as direct engagement with parties to conflict.
The Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation (“IRENE”, meaning peace in Greek), was created by ESSEC in 1996 in order to gather researchers and practitioners interested in negotiation, mediation, stakeholders dialogue, and conflict resolution (academics, senior civil servants, elected representatives, managers and employees of businesses, trade unionists, social mediators).
German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management
The Platform is a German network of associates, aiming to promote peaceful conflict management. The preamble to the Charter of the German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management states the networks’ purpose and committment: “On the threshold of the 21st century, the world is facing an unbearable amount of violence, especially in internal conflicts. To reduce and overcome this violence, the development of diverse approaches to peaceful conflict management is essential. Therefore it is necessary, that non-governmental organisations increase their engagement and that in general society’s capability of managing conflict constructively will be strengthened.”
The German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management rises to this challenge. The Platform was founded in 1998 in Bad Honnef, Germany. It is designed as an open network.
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a global member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations with their own priorities, character and agenda. These regional networks are represented in an International Steering Group, which jointly determines GPPAC’s global priorities and actions for their conflict prevention and peacebuilding work.
Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace
The Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP) is an international think-tank and peace research institute. The work of the foundation is to promote and support peace, and a sustainable human future. The GHFP investigates areas of concern key to the advancement of its mission, specifying strategically incisive questions to be explored in collaboration with others. These questions aim to challenge practically relevant assumptions that typically drive the way in which problems are defined and resolved.
Independent Diplomat is a unique non-profit venture in the world of international relations, diplomacy and conflict prevention. Independent Diplomat provides independent and confidential advice and assistance in diplomatic technique and strategy to governments, political groups, international institutions and non-governmental organisations. Our work helps those facing complex international and political challenges to achieve their international objectives.
Institute for Integrated Transitions
The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping fragile and conflict-affected states achieve more inclusive negotiations and sustainable transitions out of war or authoritarianism. It does so by bringing policy-relevant lessons and generating creative ideas to support locally-led efforts at breaking cycles of conflict or repression. Through its unique business model, IFIT seeks to transform current practice away from fragmented interventions and toward more integrated solutions that can realistically strengthen peace, democracy and human rights.
International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace.
They work with local people in over 25 countries around the world to help them build peace, and advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.
International Alert focuses on issues that influence peace, including governance, economics, gender relations, social development, climate change, and the role of businesses and international organisations in high-risk places.
International Catalan Institute for Peace
The International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) is an institution of research, dissemination and action created by the Parliament of Catalonia in 2007 with the aim of promoting peace culture both in Catalan society and the international arena, and providing Catalonia with an active role as an agent of peace in the world. Grounded in the principles of democracy, justice, equality and equity in relations between individuals, peoples, cultures, nations and states, ICIP works for human security, the prevention and peaceful transformation of conflicts and social tensions, the strengthening of peace and coexistence, and the defense of human rights. ICIP is a public institution but at the same time it is independent, with its own legal personality. It aims to support public administrations, the academic world and civil society, and reports to Parliament, the Government and the citizenry as a whole.
International Center for Transitional Justice
The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) works for justice in countries that have endured massive human rights abuses under repression and in conflict. ICTJ works with victims, civil society groups, national, and international organizations to ensure redress for victims and to help prevent atrocities from happening again.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent organisationworking to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. They build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. Crisis Group engages directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace.
Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization. It was initially established in 1994 by the United Nations to develop innovative solutions to build peace. Interpeace has a proven and recognized approach to enable people to build lasting peace.
Kosovar Center for Security Studies
Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) is an independent policy research centre founded in April 2008 and based in Prishtina – Kosovo. The KCSS is dedicated to security sector development and reform in Kosovo and Western Balkans. It proactively promotes principle of good governance, integrity and resilience. The KCSS aims to enhance the effectiveness by supporting the SSR programs through its research, events, training, advocacy and direct policy advice.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has defended women’s rights since 1993. For every woman’s right to be safe and to be heard. Today the Foundation is one of the world’s leading women’s rights organisations, working directly in areas affected by war and conflict to strengthen women’s influence and power. They work closely together with over 100 local partner organisations across 20 countries to end violence against women, reach lasting peace and close the gender gap once and for all.
Life & Peace Institute
The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace. Its formation was the result of a major international conference of church leaders at the height of the Cold War in the 1980s.
Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue has more than 20 years of experience developing methodologies and implementing dialogue projects in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq, Ukraine and Norway. The center is also supporting activities and actions by others, such as the creation of local Nansen Dialogue Centers in the Balkan countries, and cooperating with local organisations in different countries.
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global civilian protection agency (NGO) based in humanitarian and international human rights law. Their mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side by side with local communities, and advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity. NP envisions a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. NP is guided by principles of nonviolence, non-partisanship, primacy of local actors, and civilian-to-civilian action. Founded in 2003, NP current program locations include South Sudan, Iraq, Myanmar and Philippines. The organisation’s headquarters are based in Geneva. Other offices include Minneapolis and Brussels.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. It saves lives and helps rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. Oxfam campaigns so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.
Registered in 1998 under Bulgarian law, Partners Bulgaria Foundation (PBF) is an independent, non-governmental organisation (NGO).
PBF’s mission is to facilitate the process for democratic development in Bulgaria by supporting institutions, NGOs and specialists to improve policies and practices in areas like judicial law, social care, child protection, education, economic development and ecology.
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict. It is grounded in the belief that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken.
Pax Christi was founded in Europe in 1945 as a reconciliation movement bringing together French and Germans after World War II. Today, the movement has more than 100 Member Organisations active in more than 50 countries and five continents worldwide.
Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania
The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is committed to a world in which conflicts are transformed constructively, through peaceful means – in which individuals, communities, countries and local, national, regional and international organisations and actors are empowered to address conflicts effectively, and work together to do so.
Peace Direct is an international charity dedicated to supporting local people to stop war and build lasting peace in some of the world’s most fragile countries.
Led by local people, Peace Direct tackles the causes of violence at the root, and rebuilds lives after war has torn communities apart. Peace Direct is dedicated to making peace a practical option, ensuring local people have the skills and resources to make it a reality.
Quaker Council for European Affairs
The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) works to bring a vision based on the Quaker commitment to peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. QCEA seeks to build support for humane, non-military policies at the EU level, both inside and outside its borders. QCEA have been based in Brussels’ European Quarter since our foundation in 1979.
Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. Saferworld believes that to achieve long-term peace people must play an active role in preventing conflict and building peace. People must have access to fair and effective paths to address the grievances and inequalities that drive conflict, and people with influence should exercise their power to promote just and equitable societies.
Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground is an international non-profit organization operating in 34 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with the majority of its employees based in field offices around the world including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by producing innovative research, shaping discourses on international peace policy, developing and applying new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors, as well as by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.
Un ponte per
Un ponte per… (UPP) is a voluntary association founded in 1991, immediately after the bombing of Iraq, which promotes solidarity initiatives for Iraqis who suffered during the war. Originally called Un Ponte Per Baghdad (a bridge to Baghdad), the association later became simply, Un ponte per…, after expanding its work into Serbia and Kosovo, as well as other countries in the Middle East and Mediterranean.
The aim of UPP is the prevention of new conflicts, particularly in the Middle East. This is achieved through advocacy campaigns, programs which educate and encourage cultural exchange, collaborative projects and peaceful civil interventions.
Wider Security Network (WISE)
Wider Security Network (WISE) is a civil society network established in October 2015 bringing together Finnish NGOs and Members of Parliament in order to promote peacebuilding, crisis management and conflict prevention both on national and international level. WISE enhances the concept of human security, according to which security discussion should include wider perspectives than just traditional aspects of security. Wider human security includes e.g. human rights and participation, democracy and good governance, environmental and economical questions as well as sustainable development into security discussion.
The most important strategic goal for WISE is to encourage public analytical discussion regarding the practical meanings of human and wide security as well as to support actions advancing them. WISE brings together security sector actors throughout the field of study.
World Vision International
World Vision International is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It was founded in 1950 by Robert Pierce as a service organization to meet the emergency needs of missionaries. In 1975 development work was added to World Visions objectives.