World Vision builds peace with and for children by weaving a fabric of resilience through their communities. From Bogotá to Beirut and from Bujumbura to Banja Luka and beyond, World Vision's peacebuilding helps communities protect and empower children affected by violence. Our tools aim to help these communities resolve their own conflicts, build capacities to heal broken relationships, and nourish more just systems and structures.
World Vision does not define peace as the absence of conflict, but the abundance of shalom. Psalm 34:14 urges people to "seek peace and pursue it". This ancient Hebrew term, shalom, connotes abundance, equality, respect, justice, well-being, and of course, peace. Peace is a concept shared across many faiths.
An important first step is to prevent unintended harm. World Vision uses participatory methods such as Do No Harm (DNH) and Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts (MSTC) or GECARR to understand the root causes of conflict. These tools inform the design of aid activities that build social cohesion.
In the long term, peacebuilding should contribute to good governance, sustainable and equitable economic development, peace and reconciliation, and civic empowerment. World Vision empowers children and youth in conflict areas, educating and mobilising them for peace.