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Peacebuilding Statement of Purpose

Catholic Relief Services staff and partners crafted this Statement of Purpose to complement the agency's vision that solidarity will transform the world and enable it to: cherish and uphold the sacredness and dignity of every person; commit to and practice peace, justice and reconciliation; and to celebrate and protect the integrity of all creation.

Peacebuilding Statement of Purpose


  • Is a process of changing unjust structures through right-relationships
  • Transforms the way people, communities and societies live, heal and structure their relationships to promote justice and peace
  • Creates a space in which mutual trust, respect and interdependence is fostered

Within CRS, peacebuilding is:

  • Rooted in CRS' guiding principles and engages the local church, religious institutions, organizations and other actors in a mutual process of dialogue and transformation
  • Is both a broad conceptual understanding that provides guidance for changing unjust systems and practices, as well as specific activities that change attitudes and behaviors to promote peace, tolerance and reconciliation
  • Essential for transforming the world through solidarity

Peacebuilding Principles


  • Responds to the root causes of violent conflict, including unjust relationships and structures, in addition to addressing its effects and symptoms.
  • Is based on long-term commitment.
  • Uses a comprehensive approach that focuses on grassroots while strategically engaging actors at middle-range and top levels of leadership.
  • Requires an in-depth and participatory analysis.
  • Provides a methodology to achieve right relationships that should be integrated into all programming.
  • Strategically includes advocacy at local, national and global levels to transform unjust structures and systems.
  • Builds upon indigenous non-violent approaches to conflict transformation and reconciliation.
  • Is driven by community-defined needs and involves as many stakeholders as possible.
  • Is done through partners who represent the diversity of where we work and share common values.
  • Strengthens and contributes to a vibrant civil society that promotes peace.

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