On World NGO Day 2021, an opportunity for NGOs around the globe to highlight their work and achievements, we are reflecting on our journey over the past 13 years and how it has led us to where we are today.
Our journey, from passion to impact! Since 2007, when Generations For Peace (GFP) was founded as a peace-through-sport initiative of the Jordan Olympic Committee, our journey has been a quest to turn passion into impact. Our focus has always been on supporting people to implement grassroots peacebuilding activities in their own communities to address burning issues of hatred, intolerance, exclusion, inequality, and violence, which they are passionate about changing. Our quest to ensure their passion and efforts secure ever-greater impact has driven the continuous evolution of our approach and our organisation since our establishment.
From our initial focus on sport as a vehicle for youth engagement and behaviour change, and as we grew, we have learnt from failures and successes in diverse conflict contexts, and evaluated, adapted, and refined our approach to include five tools: sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment. Our peacebuilding toolkit has allowed us to easily tailor and adapt activities to local situations and target groups, and our programmes often now use a combination of these tools.
To date, we have trained over 19,432 volunteers, whose peacebuilding programmes have reached more than 1,411,125 children, youth and adults in 51 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Along this incredible journey, through all the changes and adaptations, key elements have remained constant. All our programmes promote four values: youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance, and responsible citizenship. And in all our work we keep a focus on four drivers of change: innovation, quality, impact, and sustainability. This focus is reflected in our consistent ranking for the past six years within the Top 35 and most recently ranked as the “#26 SGO in the World” by NGO Advisor, based on their assessment of NGOs’ innovation, impact, governance, and sustainability. Such external validation is testament to the incredible achievements of our volunteers and shows we are on a good path. But amidst the recent upsurge of hate speech, prejudice, and violent extremism, we feel the urgency of our mission and growing demand for our support to turn passion to impact. The quest goes on!
Of course, we share this success with our GFP volunteers around the world, whose extraordinary efforts and achievements and continuous desire to lead positive change across difficult contexts inspire us at GFP HQ every single day. We are also deeply appreciative for our partners and donors around the world who continue to graciously and generously support us.
We believe a more peaceful world is possible. We want to make it happen, now, and for future generations.
We believe in active tolerance and that embracing diversity strengthens us. We are concerned about a growing culture of division, prejudice, and hate. We see people struggling to relate to each another and failing to respond to conflict and disputes without resorting to violence.
We believe in the enormous potential of young people to lead change. We are passionate about empowering them to transform conflict and reduce violence in their own communities.
We believe in measuring everything we do, so we can learn, adapt, increase impact, and ensure sustainability.
We are a global community. We are Generations For Peace. Please… Pass it on!
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