Peace Direct is an INGO dedicated to supporting local people to stop war and build lasting peace in some of the world's most fragile countries. They have been working since 2003 to support grassroots peacebuilders in over 25 countries around the world. Peace Direct's work is focused on three key areas:
The current global peace-building system is largely a ‘top-down’ system that centers viewpoints and approaches from the Global North and developed countries. This approach pushes local actors and peacebuilders into a ‘support role’, ignoring the skills, expertise, and insights that they bring to the process.
In an effort to address this challenge and empower local peacebuilders, Peace Direct has embarked on an 18-month program that would bring together a group of local peacebuilders from around the world to identify and co-design strategies to drive forward the changes they want to see in the global peacebuilding system.
In order to achieve this, Peace Direct partnered with InsightPact to design and facilitate the initial sessions that would see the local peacebuilders get together and connect for the first time, develop a shared understanding of their individual experiences, and support the development of a co-created campaign that pushed forward the ideas of the local peacebuilders.
In order to achieve this, InsightPact designed and facilitated 12 interactive sessions that helped the Global Team to:
InsightPact also created, facilitated, and implemented processes that allowed team members to identify their individual pain and stuck points from their peacebuilding journeys as well as methods for empowering the global team to successfully facilitate conversations with stakeholder groups about the blockers and enablers in the peacebuilding system. This involved:
Throughout the engagement, InsightPact and Peace Direct held weekly planning and alignment meetings that allowed the two organizations to:
As the sessions were delivered, this regular planning and alignment meeting allowed InsightPact to make changes to the various sessions that improved the engagement and general sentiment of the global team participants. These changes and tweaks also ensured better program results.
Throughout the program, it became clear that due to the sensitive nature of the stories being shared, as well as the varied engagement and participation mechanisms needed, having a facilitator who understands what it means to be vulnerable as well as finding ways to embrace and encourage that vulnerability through flexibility, empathy, and the use of technology to empower participants rather than be a hindrance, will always be of vital importance.
It was rewarding to see how the program successfully engaged co-creators in collaborative sessions, resulting in the development of relationship guidelines, stakeholder engagement plans, and prioritized insights for potential campaign message ideas to amplify the voices of local peacebuilders around the world. It demonstrated the importance of considering the co-creators’ needs and preferences and making timely adjustments to ensure an effective and inclusive co-creation process.
"We worked with InsightPact to plan and facilitate a three-month-long virtual co-creation process with 10 participants from all over the world. InsightPact understood exactly what we needed to achieve. They delivered a seamless and fun process that turned a group of strangers into a solid team of collaborators." - Amal Atrakouti, Campaign Coordinator, Peace Direct