When multi-national companies invest or operate in any context, and especially in complex or fragile environments, they may either knowingly or unknowingly become accessories in and drivers of conflict. Through their activities, businesses can exacerbate levels of conflict and violence in communities, or on the positive side, could help reinforce contributions to peace. AFSC’s Business and Peace work builds dialogue between private sector investors, civil society, government and communities affected by investments to support outcomes which can contribute to peace.
Through its global process of conflict analysis, AFSC has identified strategy thematic areas critical to achieving shared security and to realizing significant progress toward global peace.
Our multi-tiered approach, from local communities to the UN, has the ability to change the dominant narrative through strategic influence in world capitals. Implementing shared security has the potential to reduce trauma and bring normalcy for millions of people living in active conflict and would considerably improve the lives of those struggling to cope with violence.
With a dynamic, globally networked team, we reshape the narrative around peace and security by reducing violence in select countries through work in areas of electoral and organized violence, including extremism, migration, and business and peace.
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Business and Peace
Prevention of Electoral Violence
While elections are one of the cornerstones of a democratic society, too often they are triggers of violence. Even though donors are aware of the phenomenon of election violence, funding and programming is mainly focused on short-term interventions such as monitoring or technical support immediately before, during and immediately after elections. AFSC works to address root causes and by supporting community resilience and long term policy change throughout the entire election cycle. AFSC also works to engage international donors on their efforts, encouraging longer term support that addresses root causes.
Migration and Human Mobility
Armed conflicts, poor economic conditions, environmental disasters, and weak governance are driving a record number of people to seek refuge. Many displaced people face human rights violations, discrimination and exploitation. AFSC aims to assess and address root cause of the migration by working on both economic and political drivers of migration. AFSC also works to ensure human rights of migrants are respected.
AFSC works globally in what we refer to as ‘restricted spaces’; areas where, due to political or religious structures, oppression and repression are widespread. AFSC works in restricted spaces to support communities to become agents of change. AFSC recognizes the good in all people, and strategically engages with those who exercise their power negatively, preventing groups and individuals from being themselves. To quote Mandela ‘If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner’.
Quaker United Nations Office
The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), located in Geneva and New York, represents Quakers through Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). Since the founding of the United Nations in 1945, Quakers have shared that organisation's aims and supported its efforts to abolish war and promote peaceful resolution of conflicts, human rights, economic justice and good governance.
Despite its calls for a non-military resolution to the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the U.S. continues to fund the militarization of the conflict.
Eliminating nuclear arsenals is critical to moving our society away from militarism and toward shared security. Here are some resources to help people learn more about the issue and join the global call for nuclear disarmament.
Wage Peace is AFSC’s initiative to shift policy and resources to reflect greater commitment to shared security principles.