IMPACT Series: The Cost and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding Mediation

Guest speakers: Milt Lauenstein, Jessica Berns, Consultant with Jessica Berns Consulting, Michelle Breslauer, Deputy of Director of Programs, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Nike Carstarphen, Co-Founder of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT); Joe Bubman, Senior Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps (MC) and Leslie Wingender, Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps (MC)


Several studies in the field of conflict resolution are promising to add to the body of data on the cost-effectiveness and impact of mediation.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is publishing in April 2017 their research on the cost-effectiveness of peace-building with some stark comparison to the cost of violence. They estimated the cost of conflict to be $13.6 trillion in 2015, making up 13.3% of the world's GDP. From this spending, peacebuilding activities account for less than 1% of the cost of conflict. The funds spent on mediation is but an even tinier portion of that budget...






The International Mediators Community of Practice (IMCP) mediation IMPACT working group is co-led by CIT, MC and IPSI. IMCP provides an informal platform for discussion between mediation practitioners, trainers, academics and providers of mediation support services who actively engage in international third-party conflict transformation, to strengthen our skills and increase the use of dialogue processes in complex conflict contexts. The IMCP is an initiative of Communities in Transition (CIT).


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Eliciting change beyond your circles

Dialogue projects generally use four types of transfer models, differentiated by the type of participants and the direction of the transfer to other groups or institutions:

The Rise of Dangerous Speech in the U.S.

In these times of heightened political tension, the IMCP Hill Working Group invited experts [1] in the field of dangerous speech to help us understand the context in which our country’s political dysfunction is evolving.

Conflict Resolution in the Quran

As I conduct conflict resolution training in Muslim-majority countries, rooting my curriculum in the teachings of the Quran and the rich traditions, values and principles of Islam helps contextualize my Western framework of med

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