For people living in violent conflict, nonviolence can change everything.
We work alongside communities to interrupt and prevent violence using unarmed civilian protection (UCP). Not only do we advocate for and train, but we also directly protect civilians.
We expand access to life-saving, evidence-based peace strategies that are civilian-led — giving communities an actionable way forward to a new reality.
We enhance existing strengths so communities are equipped to protect themselves and sustain peace — creating opportunities to thrive.
Declining Global Peace
The Global Peace Index shows a steady 10-year decline, indicating that the level of conflict around the globe has increased. The result of ongoing, protracted violence is that 84 million people—the size of the population of Turkey— have been displaced by violent conflict. The scale is staggering and all the more heartbreaking because it is entirely avoidable. While conflict is inevitable, violence is not. Underpinning every conflict is a disagreement, and when accentuated by systemic political or socioeconomic power imbalances, these divisions aggregate into a humanitarian crisis with deep roots that span generations.
How NP Disrupts Violence
We equip individuals to use nonviolence effectively to deescalate situations in both interpersonal relationships and inter-community interactions.
We have created and curated a hub of actionable, proven resources that individuals and communities can begin to use right away.
We’ve made it easy for you to learn from our growing community of experts, team members, and community members, and to share your questions and lessons learned.
We’ve partnered with research institutions around the world to measure the impact of our methods, from direct protection to trainings. See evidence that UCP works.
Safety & Dignity
"I thought I would never see this house again from the inside."
Snapshots of Peace
During the Marawi Siege, militants inflicted at least 25 extrajudicial killings, mass hostage-taking, and extensive looting of civilian property on the local community. At the time, NP accompanied Muslim and non-Muslim families as they evacuated and supported hostage survivors. During the pandemic, NP teams have stayed and supported the displaced community.
In total, there are 70+ Women Protection Teams working across South Sudan. While the vast majority of their work is independent, the women work jointly with NP and are highly trained. Those involved are embedded in their communities, have strong networks of relationships, and use these networks to prevent and intervene in violence.
Umm Rehab, a 44-year-old mother to six children and the head of her household, has had her life uprooted many times over the last few years, from being forced to travel from her small town in Iraq to Syria against her will, relocating to an Iraqi displacement camp, and finally returning to her village only to find her house occupied. Now, with Nonviolent Peaceforce’s support, she’s finally been able to reclaim her home.