Peacebuilding is the set of initiatives by diverse actors, including civil society, to address the root causes of violence and protect civilians before, during, and after violent conflict.

For many years, U.S. nonprofit organizations have helped pave the way for peace by bringing fighting factions together and providing alternatives to violence as a means of redressing grievances. Unfortunately, the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) upheld the law defining prohibited “material support” of terrorism to include conflict prevention and resolution activities aimed at getting terrorist groups to lay down their arms.

This page contains information on Peacebuilding, as well as Countering Violent Extremism programs and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. 

Featured Resources

Report: Implementing the Global Fragility Act
Peacebuilding Fact Sheet
Civil Society Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project Decision

Global Fragility Act Signed into Law

December 20th, 2019|

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 (GFA), which establishes the first-ever comprehensive U.S. government approach to preventing global violence and instability, was signed into law December 20, 2019 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act,

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