A culture of conflict has gradually rooted itself among Israeli and Palestinian populations, constituting a major obstacle to peace. Peacebuilding is a process that is meant to transform institutional and social structures in order to shift a belligerent rhetoric towards peacefulness.
If culture is greatly influenced by institutional powers, individuals and social groups are both its actors and holders. Therefore, it is crucial to design peacebuilding activities with consideration to their central role. That is, despite the importance of laws and politics within that process, it is relevant that Civil Society Organizations would focus on bottom-up approaches.
Impact-based peacebuilding is a renown methodology for designing efficient programs that result in effective changes in favor of peace. It consists in acknowledging a basis of lacking elements that hinder peace, defined as needs and building a project from that starting point, according to the aimed impact. Basing a program on impact implies an effort to trigger a lasting psychological effect on beneficiaries, such that impact on a restricted group can flow onto peers and benefit a larger part of society. It is indeed a pragmatic methodology within which the definition of targets, objectives and activities is crucial.
IPCRI’s projects aim at providing targeted populations from both sides of the Green Line with opportunities to meet and exchange in order to enhance positive changes. Dialogue is key to long-lasting cognitive changes, which initiate creative ideas and, potentially, sustainable partnerships between holders of similar objectives but from disconnected areas and realities.