Nonviolent Peaceforce

Nonviolent Peaceforce works in conflict zones to protect people using unarmed methods and works side-by-side with communities to build peace. We advocate for the wider adoption of these strategies to safeguard human lives and dignity.
We envision a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. Nonviolent Peaceforce protection officers are well-trained professionals who foster dialogue among conflicting parties and protect people under threat of violence.
Nonviolent Peaceforce values:
  • Nonviolence: We believe nonviolence is the strongest and most-effective solution to working out conflict.
  • Non-partisanship: We don’t take sides in a conflict, but work to create safe space for dialogue between conflicting parties.
  • Primary of local actors: We facilitate and create safe space for local people to work out their own solutions to conflict.
  • Civilian to civilian: We employ civilians to protect civilians in communities affected by violent conflicts.

Current program locations include Mindanao, the Philippines, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Iraq. Headquarters is located in the Greater Geneva Area, with support offices in Brussels, Belgium and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, Nonviolent Peaceforce’s Advocacy and Outreach program focuses on advocating for the wider use of unarmed methods to protect civilians. This idea is gaining traction – 16 UN and UN-related policies, recommendations and resolutions have recognized unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians. Five UN agencies have funded Nonviolent Peaceforce’s work and 11 country missions to the US have hosted events on unarmed civilian protection,