Who We Are
Generations For Peace (GFP) is a leading global non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable, youth-led peacebuilding and conflict transformation from the grassroots.
We empower volunteer leaders of youth to promote active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of violent conflict around the world.
To empower youth to lead and cascade sustainable change in communities experiencing conflict, through world-class, free education in conflict transformation and the use of sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment for peacebuilding.
Sustainable peace in actively tolerant communities through responsible citizenship.
Drivers of Change
We believe youth have a vital role to play in leading social change and transforming conflict in their communities.
We believe in working at the grassroots, supporting youth to build on local strengths to help communities transform themselves into tolerant, peaceful societies.
We believe peace is a process driven by active understanding, dialogue, and positive engagement with others, founded on trust and respect.
We believe social change begins with personal responsibility and is sustained when people are actively engaged in creating the shared future of their community.
Research. Knowledge. Outreach.
This year, GFP Institute finalised a two-year research project in Tunisia supported by the United States Institute of Peace, which examined the attitudes of a cohort of individuals on a yearly basis from 2016 to 2018. Our results demonstrated that peacebuilding programming aimed at countering violent extremism is able to change participants’ attitudes to violence by making a difference to psycho-social factors, enhancing an individual sense of leadership as well as a sense of inclusion within a wider community.
In Jordan, our qualitative research project on gender included components related to gender values, experiences and perceptions, as well as the responses to female perpetrators of violence. Two different approaches were used, with surveys of 1,000+ participants administered throughout all governorates of Jordan, and a series of focus group discussions and key informant interviews conducted in randomly selected schools in various governorates. The findings will directly inform GFP’s programming, and support parallel research in three other countries.
Peacebuilding is not just about the absence of conflict; peacebuilding is also about feeling a sense of ownership, belonging, and voice in the process of conflict transformation. Ensuring inclusion is a vital aspect of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and one of GFP’s Expressions of Change. GFP wants to measure not only overall programme impact, but also participants’ sense of inclusion before, during, and after the programme. For GFP, inclusion, like peacebuilding, is an ongoing process that must be continuously nurtured and measured. GFP Institute’s 2019 pilot study on measuring inclusion contributes to the effectiveness of locally-led peacebuilding initiatives, and allows GFP to develop both indicators and a participatory process that would collate learning for future peacebuilding initiatives. The final result of this ongoing study will feed into GFP’s standard indicators used to measure the alignment of each programme with peacebuilding values that drive GFP, by strengthening the inclusion arm.
Building on existing work in the area of GFP’s knowledge management, in 2019 we prioritised improving our transparency, competency-building, horizontal learning, and in particular Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), by adopting new or updated policies related to inclusion of all abilities.
GFP’s curriculum went through a critical update resulting in the integration of Social Emotional Learning content (SEL) in collaboration with Sanford Harmony; the integration of Sport for Protection toolkit into our Sport For Peace and Protection programming in collaboration with the Olympic Refuge Foundation; as well as further development of community-sourced tools and processes including the theory and expressions of change, and addition of new chapters on soft skills related to youth employability.
2019 was the year in which GFP solidified its role in peacebuilding around the world, from local to high-level governmental and semi-governmental engagement, and engaged with new stakeholders in the sport movement, the UN and peacebuilding sector:
+Peace Global Peacebuilding Coalition March 2019, Washington DC—USA
In March 2019, GFP joined the “+Peace” Global Peacebuilding and Coalition, composed of 18 peacebuilding organisations. The coalition aims to transform culture by inspiring the global population with the belief that violence is not inevitable and that practical, accessible alternatives to violence exist; and inspiring new generations of peacebuilders by mobilising and equipping citizens and governments alike with tools for peacebuilding; changing policies and politics by building public and political champions for peacebuilding; and building a movement by creating pathways for any member of society to support and participate in peacebuilding.
United Through Sport’s United Through Youth Festival 7-10 May 2019, Gold Coast—Australia
United Through Sport initiative was established by Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) in 2017 and officially inaugurated a year later. The Initiative established the Sport Festival, formed to engage displacement-affected and disadvantaged children and youth, showcase their talents regardless of ability or life circumstances, and establish recreational facilities providing education through sport. The 2019 edition held in Australia—entitled United Through Youth—was a sporting and educational event promoting inclusivity for all, and gathering 5,000 children. GFP was represented by its Founder and Chairman, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, who delivered the opening forum keynote address, stressing the vital role of youth in celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity, and leading social change to transform conflict, working to build a unified culture.
Geneva Peace Talks 19 Sep 2019, United Nations HQ Geneva – Switzerland
Continuing GFP’s efforts to provide global platforms for young peacebuilders, at the 2019 Geneva Talks GFP Pioneers Zainab Nankya, from Uganda, and Salama Ibrahim, from Nigeria, gave impassioned personal accounts of their peacebuilding journey, under the theme “Trust Matters”.
Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference 2-4 Oct 2019, Washington DC—USA
The 2019 Annual PeaceCon’s central theme was “Seizing the Moment for Peace in a Disrupted World”. The largest-ever delegation from GFP attended the PeaceCon, joining 800+ participants from 50+ countries and 288 organisations. The annual conference was preceded with the first-ever Peacebuilding Advocacy Day with the +Peace Coalition, during which the American and international peacebuilders, including GFP’s team, joined forces to educate the Capitol Hill lawmakers on global peacebuilding priorities. The PeaceCon was held at the United States Institute of Peace and at the FHI360 premises.
Geneva Peace Week 4-8 Nov 2019, Geneva—Switzerland
This year has seen GFP taking part once again in the Geneva Peace Week. Together with the Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund (GCERF) and the Middle East Broadcasting Center’s CSR programme “MBC Al Amal” (MBC Hope), GFP organised a session on Youth Voices: youth experiences of grass roots peacebuilding at the UN’s Palais des Nations. The panellists addressed the youths’ experiences—both negative and positive—of grass roots initiatives for peacebuilding; examples of effective practices that are emerging from local community initiatives; and the experiences that connect government, civil society organisations, NGOs and UN agencies in effecting systemic change in youth participation and autonomy to lead positive change.
Open Ended Working Group on Model Indicators on Sport, PE, Physical Activity and the SDGs 20 Nov 2019, Geneva—Switzerland
Measuring the contribution of sport, physical education and physical activity to prioritised SDGs is a collaborative international project led and coordinated by the Commonwealth Secretariat with the support of a high-level Steering Group made up of UN agencies, leading member countries and sector experts. An Open-Ended Working Group has been established to support the project, and GFP took part in its second meeting held in November 2019. The meeting focused on gathering of input to enhance the approach and methodology used to develop and scale the use of measurement framework and model indicators, and identify opportunities to strengthen coherence and alignment of the project to key international frameworks, the work of the international sport movement, civil society and global action to accelerate achievement of the SDGs. GFP’s lightning talk delivered at the meeting focused on sport-related participatory indicators used in our programming around the world.
United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Regional Conference 18-19 Dec 2019, Abu Dhabi—United Arab Emirates
GFP President, Dr Mohanned Al-Arabiat, took part in the UNOTC’s Empowering Youth and Promoting Tolerance Regional Conference which has provided an inclusive platform for dialogue and sharing of information, experiences and expertise among government officials, youth, and community and religious actors from Arab League countries. The conference promoted cooperation and partnerships to advance implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant Security Council resolutions, including ground-breaking resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security. In his presentation, Dr Al-Arabiat reflected on GFP’s experience in empowering youth and promoting tolerance. The findings and recommendations of this conference will be presented at the UN High-Level Counter-Terrorism events in summer of 2020.
Local trainings on Peacebuilding
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Research outputs published on GFP platforms
Our audited financial statements are publicly available on our website. GFP raises revenue by offering event management services and its well-equipped conference centre and auditorium in Sports City, Amman to clients including other NGOs, UN agencies, Embassies and companies. Revenue generated from such events supports our peace-building work.
|Source Of Funding 2019
|UNICEF Nashatati & Maharati
|Olympic Refuge Foundation
|UN Women / UNESCO / UNAOC
|UNFPA and UNDP
|Other Sponsors in UAE
|Laureus Sport For Good Foundation
|Sponsors of US programmes
|Other Sponsors in Jordan
|Cash carried forward
GFP FUND USE
Generations For Peace Institute
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