International Alert is delighted to invite you to the Peace Talks panel discussion, Taking peacebuilding out of the shadows, in London on Thursday 9 November 2017.
In an increasingly uncertain world, where more than 1 in 5 people’s lives are affected by conflict, the Global Peace Index estimates that only around $10 billion was spent on peacebuilding in 2016.
This is about half a percent of the $1.72 trillion spent on the military in the same period and less than one percent of the $1.04 trillion of lost economic growth caused by war.
Yet, every $1 invested in peacebuilding reduces the costs of conflict by $16, and there is increasing evidence that peacebuilding works, provided it is sustained and done at an appropriate scale.
Following the release of our recent report, Redressing the balance, the panel will discuss its conclusion that more resources should be invested in peacebuilding, now more than ever, and what a larger role for peacebuilding as a policy option might look like.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.
- Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, Royal United Services Institute
- Phil Vernon, Director of Programmes, International Alert
- Zuhra Bahman, Anthropologist, writer and co-founder of the Afghan Youth Council in London
- More to be announced.