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Nonviolent Peaceforce

Transforming the world's response to conflict

aka NP   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Mission

Our mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side-by-side with local communities, and advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity. NP envisions a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. We are guided by principles of nonviolence, non-partisanship, primacy of local actors, and civilian-to-civilian action.

Notes from the nonprofit

Globally the status quo for protection and security is rooted in violence. Overwhelmingly, nations, institutions and even neighborhoods resort to use of force or weapons in addressing violent conflict. Nonviolent Peaceforce envisions something different: building peace and security through nonviolence. Building on existing community strengths, NP supports local actors as they work to address the roots and consequences of violent conflict. As a global non-governmental organization (NGO), we are focused on the protection of civilians and based in humanitarian and international human rights law. We are guided by these principles: Nonviolence, Non-partisanship, Primacy of local actors, and Civilian-to-civilian action. NP’s work is sustainable because it enhances the pre-existing capacities of communities dealing with conflict to solve their own problems: local citizens become the agents of peacemaking.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Tiffany Easthom

Main address

2610 University Avenue W Ste 550

Saint Paul, MN 55114 USA

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EIN

35-2197019

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Global Peace Index, the world has become less peaceful since 2008 (Institute for Economics and Peace, 2020). The World Bank (2019) reports that more than 2 billion people live in countries affected fragility, conflict and violence, and the principle of civilian immunity to war has eroded to the point where the vast majority of casualties are now civilians. According to the United Nations (UN), the number of people forcibly displaced in 2019 was more than 79.5 million, the highest-level ever recorded (UNHCR, 2019). Remedies that are efficient, cost-effective, and easily-replicable urgently need to be scaled up throughout the world. Nonviolent Peaceforce believes that Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) can effectively reduce violence, increase the security of vulnerable civilians, and promote mechanisms of peace. UCP is a relatively new but field-tested approach that meets the needs of vulnerable populations caught in zones of war and conflict.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Myanmar

Nonviolent Peaceforce is helping local actors protect civilians and build peace in regions where there’s conflict. Between 2012 and 2017 NP trained civil society and ethnic armed groups in ceasefire monitoring and civilian protection. Since 2018, NP supports women and youth to become leaders, training more than 100 Emerging Women Leaders (EWLs) to respond to issues that are important to their communities. In doing so, NP is creating opportunities for discussions between groups and allowing civilians to participate in the early stages of Myanmar’s peace process as well as local decision-making processes. NP has brought together representatives of civilian protection networks from different ethnic areas to reduce isolation and create learning opportunities. In a similar way, NP has connected women and youth from various groups to strengthen their voices and encourage the population to pay more attention to their needs.

Population(s) Served

NP is an implementing organization of the ongoing peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government. Our mandate for implementing the peace process includes:

- Monitoring and reporting individuals’ concerns about safety.

- Protective accompaniment for civilians and organizations in areas of conflict, including NP team members accompanying hostage survivors to reunite with their families.

- NP monitors whether conflicting parties are abiding by ceasefire agreements, and it verifies and reports compliance and noncompliance of agreements.

- NP creates safe spaces for peaceful dialogue between different stakeholders in the country, including local institutions, for community-based conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

- Training local leaders and organizations in UCP methodologies for monitoring, unarmed peacekeeping and civilian protection.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NP uses a mix of strategies to prevent violence, enhance the safety and security of civilians, build and strengthen local peace infrastructures, and devise and implement locally-led peace and protection strategies. By doing so, NP is able to protect civilians and support the cohesion, resilience, and the adaptive capacity and recovery of communities affected by violence and insecurity.

Some of NP's activities in South Sudan include:

- Direct protection and presence, including patrols and protective accompaniment for those at risk of violence.

- Referring survivors of sexual and gender-based violence or other protection concerns to relevant services.
Supporting peace dialogues within and between communities experiencing or at-risk of violent conflict.

- Creating and maintaining early warning/early response systems.

- Forming and strengthening Women’s Protection Teams to enable women to take leading roles in the protection and peace of their communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In early 2017, NP began working in Iraq to protect people fleeing violence. As the situation in the country evolved, a critical need emerged to protect vulnerable IDPs in camps, people returning to contested and high-risk areas, and people located in tense regions near the Syrian and Turkish borders, in Northern Iraq.

NP’s work in Iraq is centered around protecting civilians, preventing violence and building peace side-by-side with local communities. We do this through a range of activities, including:

- providing protective presence, such as through patrols and accompaniments;
- helping communities build safe spaces – particularly for women and youth – that allow communities to address protection concerns and work on peace initiatives;
- providing mentoring in Unarmed Civilian Protection; and
- facilitating rumor control and awareness-raising sessions to reduce tensions and foster peaceful coexistence.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Grounded in the strengths and needs of local community partners, NP is building relationships with community members, leaders, and organizations to identify gaps and approach safety and security from a holistic perspective. Our work is informed by understanding what communities need to feel safe and secure—to feel affirmed and a sense of belonging— which includes and goes beyond physical safety.

NP's activities in the U.S. include:

- Providing direct protection: NP continues to train new staff and volunteers to deescalate conflicts without weapons, liaise between groups, accompany vulnerable communities, and more.

- Strengthening community protection capacities: We provide ongoing training, mentoring, and support to communities who have invited us to support their safety work.

- Reimagining school safety: NP is partnering with the Minneapolis School District to develop a Student Peace Advisory Group to help students take the lead in creating new school safety initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

NP is working in Sudan to deepen the implementation of Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) in Darfuri communities. Our first team there has been training and coaching local leaders in peacebuilding and civilian protection. NP is also building relationships with conflict-affected communities to identify needs and priorities for the work. The team is conducting orientation workshops about UCP for women, youth or marginalized communities that explore how UCP can strengthen existing community self-protection efforts.

NP’s work in Sudan is just beginning. Our goal is to enhance safety and security of high-risk communities in Darfur by supporting and strengthening local peace initiatives such as:

- Locally-brokered peace agreements
- Serving as an intermediary between groups in a dispute
- Supporting communities to actively engage in regional and national peace processes

Population(s) Served

Our work in Thailand began in 2015, when NP teamed up with Rotary Clubs of St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. and Khuanlang-Hatyai, Thailand for three workshops on civilian engagement in peace processes. From these workshops, our Thai relationships grew.

Civil society groups have been crucial in providing various support and services to victims and survivors of violence. From 2016 to the present, most of NP's work has been in Southern Thailand—in Patani, Yala and Narathiwat Provinces—through collaboration with local partners.

Population(s) Served

During our rapid response and start-up phase, NP has been meeting with key people on the ground around the country—such as women’s shelters, student groups, and humanitarian partners—to collaborate on how and what way these groups would welcome UCP strategies. In violent conflict, there are a lot of unknown factors, but the strength of NP is we adapt to context and needs by listening to local people.

From connecting an elderly man named Yuri to the medical services he needed in Kharkiv, to assisting a woman with heat sickness in Mykolaiv, NP is advocating for civilian needs and capabilities to the international community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Number of accompaniments for vulnerable people, primarily women and children, in one year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth

Related Program

South Sudan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of countries with active programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained in unarmed civilian protection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children cared for in child-friendly spaces

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

South Sudan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people protected at food distributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

South Sudan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of UN- and UN-related policies that include Unarmed Civilian Protection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means.

Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global civil society organisation. We protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.

Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) is a proven way to reduce violence before, during, and after armed conflict; the effectiveness stems from providing direct physical protection, while empowering local peace processes and infrastructures. Unlike traditional military peacekeeping or armed private security firms, there is no reliance on weapons; this paradigm uses relationships rather than threat.

To increase our impact, we have two mutually reinforcing strategic aims for the next five years:

•Enhance protection for civilians in armed conflicts and strengthen local peace processes. We will expand our programme implementation by increasing field activities, enhancing civilian participation in peace processes, and building local protection capacities.

•Mainstream UCP policy and practices as an effective response to violent conflicts. We will step up our advocacy to advance unarmed civilian protection by influencing decision makers, advancing the methodology, and promoting greater adoption of unarmed civilian protection by others across the world stage.

Over the past 12 years, Nonviolent Peaceforce has developed and field-tested unarmed civilian protection techniques, which are based on four main methods: proactive engagement, monitoring, relationship building, and capacity development. Each of these methods has a number of applications. Frequently, UCP methods and applications are used in a dynamic interaction, reinforcing and complementing each other. Actual implementation activities are based on specific context, conflict analysis, and risk assessment.

By creating networks of relationships, strengthening self-protection strategies, developing local peace infrastructures, and creating safe spaces for civilians to address urgent issues, UCP broadens the options for civilians to choose their own security priorities.

NP's civilian teams are diverse and comprised of staff from the violence-affected communities as well as from outside. All NP personnel are rigorously trained in the tools and strategies of unarmed civilian protection. They are committed to a code of conduct focused on mutual respect, equity, and non-discrimination. NP works in partnership with local communities, organisations, and complementary international organisations to create locally owned, sustainable solutions that protect and support civilians struggling to survive in conflict zones.

Standing up and speaking out against violence is at the core of NP's mission. In all the places we work, our peacekeepers inspire local communities to action, using nonviolent strategies and personal resolve. Together, with our partners, we provide people with the tools they need to deter violence and protect their families, friends and neighbors. Here are a few examples from the past year:

-Connected women in our Emerging Women Leaders (EWL) program in Myanmar virtually when meeting in person was no longer possible due to COVID-19.

- Supported anti-COVID drives for displaced persons in remote Filipino camps, providing information and the resources for women to create facemasks for their community.

- Started work in the United States to consider how UCP strategies may be implemented during the unrest and state sanctioned violence following George Floyd’s murder, the latest iteration of anti-racism efforts, and heightened tensions during the US election year.

We currently have more than 200 staff working in South Sudan, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Iraq. To better support our field-work, we are concentrating on strengthening NP from the inside out. We continue focusing on building our own organizational capacity, improving all of the functions that support programming — administration, financial management, safety & security, and staff welfare.

In the face of the immense challenges in the world today, we know that we have to work together. Reducing violence and engendering conditions for peace is not an isolated process. We need to strengthen our collective capacities to prevent violence, to protect ourselves and each other with unarmed strategies.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nonviolent Peaceforce

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lucy Nusseibeh

Founding Director, Middle East Nonviolent and Democracy

Term: 2018 - 2023

Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath

WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace)

Dr. Rachel Julian

Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Anna Matveeva

University of Exeter

Tiffany Tool

IPEN, UNHCR

Francois Marchand

Générale des eaux/Connex/Veolia-Transports/Transdev (ret.)

Thomas Kurmann

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Brian McLeod

Merck

Deepa Sureka

Kora

Gabriella Vogelaar

Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Dr. Jerome Elie

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich

Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/22/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/28/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.