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The mission of Nonviolent Peaceforce is to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. They envision a world in which large-scale unarmed civilian peacekeeping using proven nonviolent strategies is recognized as a viable alternative in preventing, addressing, and mitigating violent conflicts worldwide. NP's primary strategy for achieving this vision is the creation of space to foster dialogue.
NP currently maintains peacekeeping teams on the ground in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Sudan, including peacekeepers from twenty nations. This color-coded world map illustrates the extent of NP's presence and work.
NP is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Many beneficiaries each quarter sail through the vetting process. In other cases, special issues arise that are part of the final decision. In such cases, FBB reports the issue in a brief note marked "Special Issues" on the beneficiary page to inform members' decisions.
FBB Executive Director Dale McGowan served two short-term contracts as US Communications Coordinator for Nonviolent Peaceforce in 2007 and 2009. During the review process, the FBB board determined that featuring NP would not contravene FBB's bylaws, which include strict guidelines regarding potential conflicts of interest. Though his experience was helpful in informing the review process, Dr. McGowan has no current connection with or influence on NP, and no special consideration was required regarding the Foundation's selection standards.
As always, FBB members are urged to review the resources below to make their own decisions when distributing donations.