Pillars

Education

GFPI conducts educational research and develops training curriculum to serve GFP’s peacebuilding mission. Our efforts include the creation of training processes and systems, educational assessment, and instructional design to empower youth in their conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts.  

Through this pillar, we also assist others to create and recreate knowledge through facilitated processes based on tested critical pedagogy and andragogy principles of experiential and social learning. The ultimate objective is to help practitioner peacebuilders, GFP staff, and communities involved in peacebuilding programmes apply with confidence the acquired knowledge and skills to local contexts of conflict.  

 What we do in the Education pillar? 

  • Execute educational research and resource development of GFP’s main 6 vehicles on conflict transformation and peacebuilding curricula and capacity-building materials. 
  • Evaluate the relevance of GFP’s global trainings and curricula and the impact of their delivery. 
  • Offer expert consultancies and assistance to other organizations in the field of conflict transformation and peace education

Our trajectory in peacebuilding through young adult education involves two main aspects:

  • Training networks of young volunteers and of professional peacebuilders, which require adult andragogy/adult learning design and facilitation with subtle differences to cater for the characteristics of these two categories (volunteers are often young adults and professional peacebuilders are often adults).  This brings different challenges and opportunities that need to be considered at the early stages of the training design process.
  • Cascading down these contents further in the communities to other youth and young adults, who will then work with target groups—children, youth, and adults.

GFPI integrates quality controls and assessment techniques at the onset, while aspects of programming with children, youth, and adults in communities require particular attention, both in terms of training content and delivery.

For further insights on our approach, please see the article (Peacebuilding through Adult Education: Design and Implementation Perspectives from Generations For Peace) Click here.

Since its inception, Generations For Peace has put significant attention to developing education methodologies rooted in research and lessons learnt from good practices. The variety of engagement areas and the geographical scope of our activities in 52 countries on four continents—have also offered us a rich testing ground of the diverse repertoires of trainings based on different peacebuilding tools.

Our trajectory in peacebuilding through young adult education involves two main aspects: 

  • Training networks of young volunteers and of professional peacebuilders, which require adult andragogy/adult learning design and facilitation with subtle differences to cater for the characteristics of these two categories (volunteers are often young adults and professional peacebuilders are often adults).  This brings different challenges and opportunities that need to be considered at the early stages of the training design process. 
  • Cascading down these contents further in the communities to other youth and young adults, who will then work with target groups—children, youth, and adults.

GFPI integrates quality controls and assessment techniques at the onset, while aspects of programming with children, youth, and adults in communities require particular attention, both in terms of training content and delivery.

For further insights on our approach, please see the article (Peacebuilding through Adult Education: Design and Implementation Perspectives from Generations For Peace) Click here

 

Research

GFPI creates the knowledge to showcase and demonstrate the possibilities in the peacebuilding field. We challenge stereotypes and localize knowledge in this field. We bridge the gap between academic theories and on-the-ground realities, generating cutting-edge knowledge on peacebuilding through collaborative research with practitioners. 

Our publications demonstrate the impact of local programmes and initiatives, and bridges knowledge gaps on local adaptations of peace theories. Our research explores the dynamics of   youth building peace based on available resources and networks, and within their worldviews and priorities of peaceful conflict transformation. Our research delves into conflict transformation, human security, the WPS and YPS agendas, and peace theory. 

What we do in the Research pillar?

  • Collect and analysing evidence on local adaptations of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and Human Security academic knowledge.  
  • Publish impact evaluations of GFP peacebuilding and conflict transformations programmes​. 
  • Explore research horizons and build strategic research partnerships on emerging concerns and advances related to youth building peace.

As aspiring thought leaders in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, our research examines adaptive peacebuilding and local conflict transformations that fosters resilience and flexibility in uncertain times. 

  • Empowered Youth: Vulnerable young people become skilled peacebuilders through training and tailored programmes. 
  • Safer Communities: Peacebuilding initiatives, informed by our research, reduce local conflicts, and build bridges between communities, addressing root causes of vulnerability, marginalization, and inequality. 
  • Inspiring evidence-Based Solutions: Rigorous research and impact assessment create sustainable change by introducing innovative approaches to peacebuilding. 

Transformations is the only global peer reviewed journal which brings together the voices of advocates, academics, and community members into a dialogue on how to create a peaceful world. In this sense, Transformations takes the aspirations of community engaged scholarship, as reflected in journals such as Community Literacy Journal, Reflections, Journal of Ordinary Thought, and turns into a global project. 

Transformations journal works from the premise that everyone has an important world view, that everyone possesses valuable insights and strategies on the most pressing global issues and that by bringing these all together, in dialogue, in one publication, new knowledges and practices can be created. While the work of academics is often found in journals, those very individuals who do the work on the ground are not often given a platform to share their expertise, to share the powerful insights of stories of their communities. We hope by bringing researchers and practitioners voices together to fill that void.   

To explore further details about the journal, submissions, and editorial board, please click here (https://gfptransformations.org/) 

Policy Analysis and Advocacy

GFPI team analyzes policy design and implementation gaps in key and emerging areas that affect youth and adolescents, with a particular focus on vulnerable youth. The work of this pillar combines policy analysis with regular engagements with policy stakeholders for sustained policy stakeholders, turning GFPI into a convening space for policy dialogue in Jordan and across the region.  

These efforts aim at advocating for policy reforms that can unlock youth potential in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The core guiding principle in this effort is the policy partnerships between local communities and policymakers, to bridge a cycle of policy development and its local impact. The policy analysis facilitates knowledge transfer, accountability, and trust building between youth in local communities and policymakers. 

What we do in the Policy Analysis and Advocacy pillar

  • Publish policy briefs and policy papers on design and implementation gaps that affect youth and adolescents. 
  • Host regular and direct meetings with policy makers and relevant stakeholders on emerging policy concerns.  
  • Conven policy dialogues between youth in local communities and relevant policy stakeholders on emerging policy concerns.

As a peacebuilding organization, Generations For Peace aspires to empower actors. GFPI’ work on policy analysis captures this empowerment role in a participatory approach. We empower policymakers with knowledge and feedback loops on the impact of policies, while connecting local youth with policymakers to facilitate accountable policymaking and build trust between actors.  
 
Policy analysis and engagements can then create new knowledge streams that can trigger innovative forms of policy design and untraditional considerations in the policymaking cycle.  
 
By examination of policy design and implementation gaps, analysts identify specific areas where interventions may fall short or fail to address the unique needs and challenges faced by youth. Specific recommendations for policy improvements act as a roadmap for more responsive, inclusive policies.  
 
Tangible results include strengthened support mechanisms and a more effective regulatory framework, leading to measurable improvements in the well-being and opportunities for youth and vulnerable groups within communities. 

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Outreach

Embracing the transformative potential of outreach and collaboration, GFPI believes in the importance of expanding the network and impact of peacebuilding initiatives. Through strategic partnerships, active engagement with various stakeholders, and the dissemination of knowledge, our outreach efforts strengthen our organizational ties and expand our research endeavors.

By actively engaging with diverse academic and policy stakeholders, and strategically disseminating research findings and policy analysis, this pillar facilitates knowledge exchange and establishes GFPI as a key contributor to the field of peacebuilding. 

What we do in this pillar?

  • Engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, policy think tanks, and peacebuilding professionals.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to amplify the impact of peacebuilding efforts and to broaden GFPI’s research network and influence. 
  • Disseminate knowledge to ensure that GFPI’s policy and research contributions reach a wider and relevant audience to have a meaningful impact on peacebuilding practices.

    GFPI’s outreach efforts serve as a catalyst for positive change through strategic engagement and extensive networking. Through the development of strategic partnerships, GFPI seamlessly integrates diverse perspectives, fostering innovative and holistic approaches to adaptive peacebuilding. This inclusive and collaborative approach becomes a conduit for transformative learning, as local communities adapt practices and tap into their unique skills for sustainable peacebuilding. The Outreach pillar stands as a dynamic force, utilizing strategic engagement, extensive networking, and knowledge dissemination to establish GFPI as thought leader in peacebuilding. 

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