Build Up is an innovator, expertise provider and policy advisor. Over the past 8 years, through its work across 15+ countries, it has demonstrated that participatory approaches and digital tools can play an essential role in overcoming polarisation and other threats to social cohesion, especially if driven by the values and principles of peacebuilding.
Its work is organised around three core programs: digital technologies for peace, transforming conflict in digital spaces, and participatory processes. To support of these programmes, Build Up also develops policy and research on the uses of digital technology for peace, delivers online and in-person training courses, and hosts a global community of practice around peace and technology, convened at an annual conference.
Build Up’s expertise and programmatic work is meeting a growing demand and, as a result, its budget has gone up tenfold since 2014. Now managing multiple projects around the world, the team was seeking to revise its organisational model, decision-making and internal processes in a way that would increase efficiency while still upholding its core principles. Build Up has always understood itself as a value-driven collective, modelling participatory decision-making and leadership.
The organisational change process is defined around three change objectives:
The next phase will enable Build Up to test out the recommendations that have emerged from its evaluation, piloting new modalities to engage with local peacebuilding actors through a “fellows in residence” pilot programme.
Build up will also develop communication materials to share its organisational model and methods for learning and operating as a collective. In November 2022, it convened 15 like-minded peacebuilding organisations to discuss alternative organising principles. This successful convening has inspired it to renew joint advocacy efforts to challenge the traditional donor-funder relationships and shift imbalanced power dynamics within the peacebuilding field.