Roundtable on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding

The Roundtable on Technology, Science and Peacebuilding is an alliance of government agencies, corporations, international organization, NGOs, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and academics pursuing technology applications that support the peacebuilding agenda:

  • Preventing deadly conflicts
  • Rehabilitating societies torn by such conflicts

  • Building communities, cultures and institutions that foster inclusive societies and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The Roundtable is a forum for thought-leadership with a bias toward action. One of the earliest meetings of the Roundtable proposed the creation of the PeaceTech Lab.

The Roundtable enables: 

  1. enhanced collaboration on peacebuilding priorities for technology and data development and application across a wide range of domestic and international government entities
  2. strategic assessment of major peacebuilding challenges to identify specific opportunities for greater impact from technologies, science, engineering and/or data, and
  3. promising further design, development and application of these opportunities in field operations.  

For 2015-2016, the Roundtable's challenge is to explore innovative ways to scale and sustain a peacetech industry.

On July 8, 2015 the U.S. Institute of Peace and Peacetech Lab co-hosted the 7th meeting of the Roundtable on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding. Experts from NGOs, start-ups, government, and academia came together to explore frameworks, partnerships, and creative means of financing to scale a peacetech industry. To capture some of the ideas shared that day, we asked participants to finish the phrase, “A peacetech industry will…”

You can find a summary of some highlights from the July 8, 2015 Roundtable meeting here.

Past Roundtable Workshops

Find more information on past Roundtable workshops and plenary sessions from 2012-2014.


Members and other participants come from multiple federal agencies (State, USAID, DoD, USDA), major NGO’s (Alliance for Peacebuilding, InterAction, International Crisis Group, Mercy Corps, CRDF Global, Search for Common Ground, International Center for Non-Violent Conflict), multi- national corporations (Qualcomm, Microsoft, Google, CH2M Hill, Capital One), international organizations (UNDP), and specialists from think tanks and universities.