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The International Peace Institute, together with the Igarapé Institute and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), are pleased to invite you to an event showcasing the findings of the Innovation in Conflict Prevention Project. The event will take place at IPI on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

The Brazil-based Igarapé Institute and South Africa–based Institute for Security Studies will share findings on conflict prevention approaches and practices from fieldwork in six countries (Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, and Uganda). The Igarapé Institute will also present data it gathered through two technological platforms: the Conflict Prevention Observatory, a platform visualizing data from hundreds of conflict prevention initiatives in the six countries, and the CPeace mobile phone app, which provides a space for linking policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and others working on conflict prevention. This project has combined conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative work on three dimensions of conflict prevention: immediate, structural, and transnational.

The project aims to advance the discussion of conflict prevention at the UN, African Union, and other partner institutions, and promote a global community of conflict prevention policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders. Toward these ends, the discussion will be focus on:

  • What works to prevent conflict and why;
  • How a wide range of stakeholders can understand and implement conflict prevention;
  • The trade-offs involved in focusing on root causes versus imminent triggers of conflict;
  • How conflict prevention can be more inclusive, including of women and youth; and
  • Innovative technologies being harnessed to improve conflict prevention.

The Igarapé Institute is a “think and do tank” based in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to issues of peace, security, and justice. The institute combines evidence-based research, use of innovative technologies, and advocacy to promote effective responses to violence and conflict in Latin America and Africa.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) partners to build knowledge and skills that secure Africa’s future. Its goal is to enhance human security as a means to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. The ISS is an African nonprofit organization with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Senegal. Its work covers transnational crime, migration, maritime security, development, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crime prevention and criminal justice, and analysis of conflict and governance.

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