As the recipient of the 2018 Luxembourg Peace prize for its outstanding contribution to peace, Nonviolent Peace force (NP) works in violent conflict contexts to protect civilians through unarmed strategies and accompaniment, working side by side with local communities and advocating for the wider adoption of these approaches. Guided by principles of nonviolence, non-partisanship, primacy of local actors, and civilian-to-civilian action, NP envisions a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. Selected through PeaceNexus’ Call for Proposals in 2018, our support to NP’s organisational strengthening process focused on three issues: human resources, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning.
As our partnership draws to a close, the organisation can reflect on remarkable progress. Centralized human resources management support is now provided, ensuring faster, more consistent, professional processes. Now with dedicated staff, NP will continue to invest in the introduction of software that further improves data management and collaboration. A series of Guidance Notes have been developed and, thanks to new templates and staff training, NP can now report against a set of shared core competencies across its different programmes. The work done is this area has provided NP with a shared language for programme development and proven to be “immensely useful” for external stakeholders. It has also given NP a starting point to achieve further programmatic and operational coherence in its new strategy, which was developed through a highly participatory process in 2020. Additional work to align NP’s governance structure to its strategic priorities is ongoing.