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 one of peace.
If culture is influenced by institutional powers, individuals and social groups are in a position to shift it. 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 renowned methodology for designing efficient programs that result in effective changes in favor of peace. It consists in acknowledging lacking elements that hinder peace, defined as needs, and building a project from that starting point, according to the desired 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 collaborate 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.