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, peac-building 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...

 

 

 

 

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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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