The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a global member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The mission of GPPAC (pronounced "gee-pak") is to promote a global shift in peacebuilding from solely reacting to conflict to preventing conflicts from turning violent. We do this through multi-actor collaboration and local ownership of strategies for peace and security. GPPAC aims to achieve greater national, regional and global synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to strengthen the role of local members in the regions affected by conflict. GPPAC works on supporting the capacity of its regional networks for collaborative action by facilitating regional and global exchanges: members from diverse regions meet to learn from each other experiences. Its members also connect with other actors, including the UN, regional intergovernmental organisations such as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, state actors, the media and academia. This has resulted in unique initiatives, showing the ability of the network to bridge global policy making with local ownership and practice on the ground. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations with their own priorities, character and agenda. These regional networks are represented in an International Steering Group, which jointly determines our global priorities and actions for our conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. GPPAC was initiated through extensive consultations in 2003-4, and officially launched as part of a global conference in 2005 at the UN headquarters in New York.
For further information on GPPAC and the Great Lakes Project contact Pascal Richard