07 June 2017

IPTI: supporting peace and transition processes

The Graduate Institute’s Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI) is expanding, explains its director, Dr. Thania Paffenholz.

IPTI, established in 2015, aims to support sustainable peace by providing expertise and information on the inclusion of diverse actors in peace and transition processes, drawing on a database of nearly 50 case studies and research projects conducted over the last decade.

“Since 2015, we have provided evidence-based support and advice to governments, international organisations, conflict parties, mediators and civil society organisations in 12 peace processes, including the Colombian, South Sudanese and Philippine peace processes as well as the Syrian and Libyan peace talks”, says Dr Paffenholz. “We have also shaped the formulation of major normative frameworks, including the UN and World Bank’s prevention agenda and the women, peace and security agenda. Our advice has been used to design more effective and inclusive high-level peace negotiations which take into account the procedural and contextual conditions needed to reach and sustain peace agreements.”

“IPTI is growing, and the scope of our work is expanding. Our unique position at the nexus of policy and research allows us to understand the most pressing research questions of tomorrow. That’s why we’re embarking on several exciting new research projects, continuing to enlarge our case study database and focusing on enhancing our institutional development as well as our capacity to deliver tailored advice and training.”

JOIN THE TEAM: IPTI is currently recruiting several new staff members. Full details are here.