The Peace it Together network hosted the Power of One Conference in October 2012 which brought together 200 civil society representatives from 28 countries. UNDP-ACT Photo.
The Peace it Together project was implemented in collaboration with and in celebration of the important work done by Cypriot civil society. The project intended to capture and codify the wealth of knowledge generated over 12 years of peace building and reconciliation practices. These invaluable experiences could then be easily exported to other post-conflict settings within the Euro-Mediterranean region as best-practices.
A second aim of the project was to establish a digital platform that utilizes innovation for civic engagement and peacebuilding. This digital platform would become the inter-regional “go to place” for civil society and citizen led civic engagement efforts.
The Peace it Together project served to lay foundations for catalyzing a regional network & outreach to new key partnerships, both local and international - putting Cyprus on the map. In this vein, the project organized a major conference in Cyprus, bringing together 200 participants from the MENA and Eastern & Central Europe regions for the “Power of One” conference, during which five inter-regional partnerships were funded and implemented also within the context of the Peace it Together project.
Finally, the project enabled Practitioner Exchanges, through which practitioners from Cyprus were able to visit practitioners in other countries, and practitioners from other settings visited Cyprus, for mutual learning experiences. These visits allowed practitioners to transfer tools, methods and practices of citizen-based peace building, while accumulating knowledge of reconciliation work from peers in other countries.
Output: Knowledge Platform for Reconciliation established and mechanisms for building civil society capacities in citizen peace building created.