2009-2014: The Founding and Consolidation of PeaceNexus
PeaceNexus was born from the complementary visions of its two founders: Anne Gloor and Hansjörg Wyss. Anne Gloor wanted to connect peacebuilding actors, facilitate dialogue among them, and enhance their capacities to prevent conflict; Hansjörg Wyss aimed to harness the power of philanthropy to make this happen. Together they created a new kind of organisation to unlock peacebuilding potential.
Established in 2009, the PeaceNexus Foundation is the realisation of these two visions. From the outset, it aimed to:
These founding objectives still drive our work today.
Our success depends on our ability to strengthen leaders and organisations to foster partnerships and respond to peacebuilding challenges.
During the early years, demand for our services grew steadily. This clearly shows that PeaceNexus has a unique position as a niche service provider that responds to the needs of organisations active in the peacebuilding sector. We built relationships with a diverse group of partners across several geographies, including both civil society organisations and governments.
Beginning in 2012, under the leadership of our founder Anne Gloor, we pioneered efforts to highlight the role of business in peacebuilding. We also introduced an annual call for proposals to deal with the overwhelming demand from civil society organisations.
2014-2019: Growth and Regional Focus
In 2014, Catriona Gourlay was appointed Executive Director of PeaceNexus. Since then, we have:
Our first ten years have seen exceptional results for PeaceNexus and our partners around the world. Through partnerships with over 130 organisations (60 of which are currently receiving support) we have strengthened understanding of, commitment to, and action on peacebuilding.
Examples of achievements in line with our founding vision include:
Independent analysis shows that:
PeaceNexus now has twenty staff based in Prangins, Switzerland, just outside Geneva, and in our four regions of focus. We have worked with well over a hundred consultants, most of them regionally-based, to support local partners and efforts. Our current 2018-2020 strategy describes our services, partners and regional priorities in more detail.
10 Years Anniversary
On 28 June 2019, we celebrated our 10th birthday together with board members, collaborators and friends. For this occasion we showed the PeaceNexus anniversary video featuring a selection of our regional partners, doing courageous and important work in Kyrgyzstan, Niger, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Conflict risks have increased due to current political and environmental factors. There is a growing demand from governments, civil society groups and businesses for the services we offer. While remaining lean and flexible, we are striving to meet this demand. In doing so, we are learning from each partnership, documenting good practice and building local capacity to respond.
The visions of our founders remain highly relevant: using an innovative approach to philanthropy, PeaceNexus combines strong local and international partnerships to deliver collective locally-led peacebuilding results.