If conflict is part of human nature, violence is not. Generations For Peace Institute believes a more peaceful world is possible; GFPI was established in 2010 as the research arm of Generations For Peace. It documents and disseminates knowledge on youth building peace in local communities to demonstrate the peace potential.  

GFPI bridges the gap between academia and practice in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Our main goal is to facilitate, advance, and promote research collaborations that equip practitioners with the latest knowledge, and enlighten academics with practical adaptations to theory.  

We assess the impact of local programmes, document case studies of transformation, and build analytical frameworks to better understand the workings of peacebuilding processes. We challenge stereotypes and localize knowledge in this field. Knowledge is power, we empower actors! 

GFPI transfers the latest academic knowledge on peacebuilding and related disciplines to equip youth with the tools to sustain peacebuilding efforts locally. Our team works to: 

    • Conduct research with focus on impact evaluation of GFP programmes to bridge theory and practice in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. 
    • Develop and regularly update GFP training curriculum for different vehicles of peacebuilding (sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue, empowerment, and media). 
    • Analyze emerging policy concerns affecting youth, and constructively engage with relevant policy stakeholders to facilitate policy reform.​ 
    • Disseminate knowledge from local communities on best peacebuilding practices, and on local initiatives within the Youth, Peace, and Security and the Women, Peace, and Security agendas. 
    • Draw attention to policy implications on vulnerable individuals and groups that hinder local conflict transformation.
  • Empowerment through knowledge.  
  • Inclusive peacebuilding and learning. 
  • Diversity of local practices and peacebuilding tools. 
  • Transformative learning and practices. 
  • Appreciating the peace potential of each individual and community. 

We work with youth and for youth. This includes employing peacebuilding tools to transform vulnerable youth away from substance abuse, crime, radicalization, and despair.  

If you are interested in our publications, please visit our publications here, and follow GFP on social media. If you are an academic or a practitioner, you can consider contributing a journal article to Transformations. We welcome your feedback on our publications and methodologies. If you want to explore research cooperation or curriculum design for your programmes, please reach us at info.gfpi@gfp.ngo  

 

In 2010, three years after establishing GFP, programmes were making progress, increasing their reach out, and engaging more systematically with local communities. But there was a need to develop curriculums, measure impact, and publicize findings. The urge to address these needs was building up, and staff shortages hindered GFP’s ability to share knowledge on local peacebuilding efforts.  

After several discussions, revisions, push backs, and frustrations, the GFP Institute was established in 2010 to facilitate, promote, and bridge the link between practice and academia on local peacebuilding. It marked a major step in GFP’s evolution- a defining moment. It seemed like the perfect step, and work focused on curriculum development, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure that programmes achieve their goals. This improved GFP’s standing with donors and established its credibility. This led to the second defining moment when GFP ranked 32 of 500 NGOs in 2017.  

But one element of frustration remained. GFP implements excellent programs; yet these are not translated into research findings and GFP’s long-term impact is not assessed. The Institute was engrossed in curriculum design and M&E-related tasks. The wider community knew very little about GFP’s work and policy makers hardly knew GFP. There was an urgent need to document and publicize GFP’s achievement through research outputs that fulfil its role as a bridge between practice and academia. As an actor with excellent access to youth, it was strange that GFP did not produce research on its findings. The reality was that more researchers were needed, with resources allocated, and a process of reflecting on the role of the Institute was necessary.   

GFP’s work also highlighted another research gap: policy research. GFP engaged in activities that can seriously inform and transform policy design in specific areas of GFP’s. But its findings were not systematically communicated to policy makers or the wider public. With this it became obvious that the Institute needs a rethink about its overarching goal to give its activities a shape and place withing GFP but also among other NGOs in Jordan and globally. The dispersed efforts need a central focus.   

In mid- 2022, the Institute started a process towards repositioning. Today, in 2024, the Institute is working to achieve its vision and identity through thought leadership and policy analysis, besides its work on peace education. 

Coming soon