As traditional funding of peacebuilding via governments and private donors remains unchanged, the private sector is showing new dynamism and innovation addressing issues previously the bailiwick of governments and NGOs. How could this new economy approach apply to peacebuilding? How can individuals and organizations using peacetech -- defined as media, technology, and data for conflict prevention and peacebuilding -- amplify the power of these tools for positive social change above their harmful use by authoritarian regimes and violent extremists? Can enterprises using peacetech combine to create a high-impact industry that helps solve one of the world’s biggest challenges.
On July 8, 2015, the United States Institute of Peace and the PeaceTech Lab cohosted a Roundtable to answer these pressing questions. The narrative arc of the day began with a scene-setter on PeaceTech, Inc. and an exploration of possible frameworks for a peacetech industry. Next, the conversation looked at existing public/private collaborations that highlight the reach and limitations of current approaches. This was followed by luncheon remarks on innovative uses of technology for global arms control by Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller. The Roundtable then turned to discuss different financing approaches applicable to peacetech. The day concluded with participant recommendations on next steps. The Roundtable had over 60 experts from government, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations in attendance.
You can find a summary of some highlights from the July 8, 2015 Roundtable meeting here.