Individuals can make a difference working for peace worldwide. That is the message of People Building Peace II, an inspiring collection of stories of how ""ordinary"" men and women have played a crucial part in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Thematic chapters, illustrated with compelling case studies, present new trends in the role of civil society in conflict transformation. The cases reflect the variety of activities initiated and sustained by a broad range of actors, including women's groups, youth groups, and faith-based organizations. Such topics as reconciliation, dialogue, networking, and traditional methods of conflict resolution are among the topics throughly explored, as are the successful initiatives of lesser-known NGOs. The resulting rich tapestry, an outcome of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, is an invaluable compendium of best practices and lessons learned, and at the same time a stirring call to action.
Paul van Tongeren is founder and executive director of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP). Malin Brenk is project officer in the research unit at ECCP. Marte Hellema is research assistant at ECCP. Juliette Verhoeven is coordinator of the research unit at ECCP.