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FAQs

 Questions and Answers

If you have any questions about the Peace Agents Foundation, our work and our partners, please have a look at our FAQs first.

  1. What is the Peace Agents Foundation?
  2. What strategy does the Peace Agents Foundation pursue in order to achieve its goal?
  3. What support does the Peace Agents Foundation offer to partner organizations?
  4. Why is the Peace Agents Foundation supporting project management and organizational development?
  5. Why is it so important for successful projects to be supported by politics and the economy?
  6. What is the performance of the Peace Agents Foundation for donor organizations and sponsors?
  7. How much do the Foundation’s services cost?
  8. Why is the martial art Aikido so important to the Peace Agents Foundation?
  9. Does the Peace Agents Foundation carry out own projects?
  10. What people are behind the Peace Agents Foundation?
  11. Who are the partner organizations of the Peace Agents Foundation?
  12. Who are the target groups, and what are the strategies and methods of the partner organizations?
  13. How can I support the Peace Agents Foundation or even become active?
  14. Who are the Peace Agents? How can I join the Peace Agents?
  15. What is the "Volunteer Program” of the Peace Agents Foundation?
  16. What is the "A Piece of PEACE Adoption Program? 

What is the Peace Agents Foundation?

The Peace Agents Foundation is a charitable foundation, which was founded in Frankfurt on the Main in June 2007. The foundation's goal is to contribute to truth and justice in peace processes and to the reconciliation of parties involved in conflicts.

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What strategy does the Peace Agents Foundation pursue in order to achieve its goal?

The Peace Agents Foundation supports and promotes organizations and institutions operating in conflict areas and crisis situations, which implement innovative and reasonable projects in peace and development work. Hereby, it is crucial that these projects become relevant for peace politics and thereby gain social relevance and get anchored in the country-specific legislation.

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What support does the Peace Agents Foundation offer to partner organizations?

The Peace Agents Foundation supports its partners especially in three areas: (1) in the development or improvement of their own organizational structures, their program development and their strategy building; (2) in the management of programs and projects, from preparation and planning through implementation (operational management) to monitoring and evaluation processes; (3) in the dissemination of project ideas and project results within the political sector and toward political decision-making bodies, in public relations and, when appropriate, in the marketing toward companies in the private sector.

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Why is the Peace Agents Foundation supporting project management and organizational development?

Our experience in conflict and development cooperation has shown that small or fledging organizations often have reasonable and innovative project ideas or special expertise to offer; but due to lacking experience some organizations cannot fulfill all requirements of a strategic and organizational planning and a profound management from the start. To compensate this lack of experience some would focus more on these tasks than on the projects, and this would cause much less benefit to the projects’ target groups, i.e., the people in the areas of conflict.

Collaboration with the Peace Agents Foundation enables organizations to focus on the development of their projects and at the same time to ensure and establish an efficient management together with the advisers of the Foundation. That way institutional capacities and human resources will be expanded and strengthened, and the organizations will be prepared to conduct their projects in the framework of wider social cooperation, for example in the context of a long-term support through the political or economical sector.

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Why is it so important for successful projects to be supported by politics and the economy?

Only a few organizations have the financial resources to offer their performance to more than a small circle of interested parties on a longer term. Many good projects soon fall into oblivion after the project has been completed, or they never even reach the public. At the end, they render just little influence on a conflict situation, in particular with regard to complex crises.

Therefore, the Peace Agents Foundation accompanies their partners initially during the management processes in (a) piloting projects – for defining the opportunities and relevance of projects – and (b) the training of multipliers – so that the performance can be offered to many people. In a final step, (c) a successful project shall be made available to as many as possible people. This is usually being done through institutionalization, such as the embedding into a concrete political agenda, the inclusion into curricula of educational institutions or – in the case of a specific product, such as a service – by offering the product on the open market. By institutionalizing reasonable projects their further development and sustainability will be ensured, in addition to their dissemination.

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What is the performance of the Peace Agents Foundation for donor organizations and sponsors?

Unfortunately, in many countries too many project resources still get lost on their way to the target groups; on the one hand, due to overpriced administrative procedures and bureaucracy, and on the other hand because of mismanagement and corruption. The Peace Agents Foundation supports partner organizations in their financial planning and control, so that project funds are used efficiently and effectively in a target groups-oriented way and transparency in the use of funds is given at any time.

Furthermore, it is the aim to close gaps in the perception and communication between financial donors, at home and abroad, and the organizations operating on the ground. Those gaps can be caused by cultural specifics, large geographic distances between the stakeholders or their different expectations.

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How much do the Foundation’s services cost?

All volunteering professionals and resource persons of the Peace Agents Foundation in the country of the partner organizations work on a voluntary base and do not get any salary.

In case a partner organization needs a full-time specialist, for instance, for a larger project, and a financial support for this position is possible, the Foundation can provide a project-based consultant. The fee of the consultant is based on the capacities and conditions of the involved partner and donor organizations.

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Why is the martial art Aikido so important to the Peace Agents Foundation?

Aikido is a martial art created in Japan and is, thus, at the first glance an extremely contradictory method of nonviolent conflict work and of conflict transformation. This moment, however, arouses the interest especially of parties involved in conflicts (as also of combatants) and of those parts of the population who have been living for a long time in and with conflicts. As a martial art that can be experienced physically, Aikido is simply to understand, tactically and technically.

At the second glance – and this is very soon after the initial contact with Aikido – the martial art pursues surprising objectives. Aikido stands for life and life forms, especially non-violence (attacked and attackers remain intact) and the restoration of harmony between the conflict parties which creates a basis for reconciliation.

The fact, that a martial art itself is a philosophical and ethical and at the same time applicable model for nonviolent conflict work, was reason enough to include Aikido as forward-looking strategy into the statutes of the Foundation. The principles of Aikido shall not remain on the training mats but be applied in the context of conflict and everyday life; finally, they shall contribute to the transformation of society and the reduction of violence.

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Does the Peace Agents Foundation carry out own projects?

In countries where the Foundation works with partner organizations the cooperative projects have absolute priority. The Peace Agents Foundation achieves its objectives within the framework of existing partnerships, together with the partners.

In countries where partnerships do not exist an initial commitment is possible. However, in that case too the aim is to find local partners pursuing similar goals of policies of peace.

In the home country of the Foundation own projects can be carried out at any time; but they should have a clear reference to the commitment of the Foundation in conflict regions.

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What people are behind the Peace Agents Foundation?

Trustee of the foundation is Father Christoph Kehr O.T. (Teutonic Order). The Foundation's board of directors includes Patrick Koop, Alexander Koop and Dr. Alexander Otto. All these people work voluntarily and without charge.

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Who are the partner organizations of the Peace Agents Foundation?

All partner organizations have established a foothold in peace and conflict work. Furthermore, bridges to related fields (civil society building, development, humanitarian assistance and support), to parties in conflict (combatants, policy-makers and the conflict-affected population) and to the media have been built. There is a long-term cooperation with the Filipino non-governmental organizations "Warriors for Peace – Pilipinas" and "Health Professionals for Peace – Pilipinas (HELP for Peace)."

If requested at project level, the Foundation also works together with the "Peace Agents – Pilipinas," the “Pax Christi Institute” and the International Secretariat of “PECOJON – The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network”.

Besides the cooperation with various organizations, the Peace Agents Foundation promotes networking and collaboration of partners. One result of this commitment is the "Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Nonviolent Conflict Intervention” (CONVENT). Four organizations (HELP for Peace, Warriors for Peace, PECOJON, and the Peace Agents Foundation) have come together to develop and offer cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary or complementary strategies of conflict work and conflict-sensitive development work. Through that cooperation, also synergy effects between the partners could be created.

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Who are the target groups, and what are the strategies and methods of the partner organizations?

Warriors for Peace:

Target groups: Combatants (military, police, rebels) and conflict-affected population.

Strategy: Transfer of principles and methods of nonviolent action taking and of reconciliation through the martial art Aikido into combative systems and policy-making and then to apply.

Methods: Comprehensive two-year training (and subsequent monitoring) of conflict workers, development workers and trainers of Aikido. Service of the trained men and women in their home regions (usually communities in the conflict areas) to support the population in development processes: as coordinators, coaches and first aid workers in humanitarian crises (besides man-made violence also natural disasters, such as floods, landslides and earthquakes), and as advisers for conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention and political commitment. Training and dialogue with combatants (soldiers, policemen, rebels) for reducing violence in crisis situations and redirecting the strategic and tactical military orientation (commanding officers and political decision makers) applying the principles of the martial art Aikido.

HELP for Peace:

Target groups: Medically underserved populations in conflict areas, traditional healers, actors in humanitarian emergencies (humanitarian organizations, military, non-governmental combatants).

Strategy: Relative neutrality ("all-partisan") by doctors, paramedics and nurses in humanitarian crises and emergencies and, thus, access to the conflict-affected population. Ideal (ideology-free) mediating role between conflicting parties on the ground. Ideal mediating role between aid agencies, conflict parties and the conflict-torn population.

Methods: Training of "barefoot doctors" and civil-military contact persons in conflict-affected communities to improve health standards and to connect to existing governmental and non-governmental auxiliary systems. Cooperation with traditional healers to exchange healing practices and in particular to preserve low-cost (affordable) alternative medical practices. Building of a communication network to and between conflict parties and their assets for the coordination of relief measures, particularly in humanitarian disasters. Dissemination of international guidelines (such as of the International Committee of the Red Cross / ICRC and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs / UN-OCHA) on civil-military coordination in complex emergencies.

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How can I support the Peace Agents Foundation or even become active?

The Peace Agents Foundation offers various opportunities for personal, institutional or collective commitment: As a member of the Peace Agents, as a volunteer in the projects of our partner organizations, as an expert volunteer, as a donor to support the conflict-affected population or to make an endowment contribution to the foundations idea, and finally – for interested companies – as a partner in the "A Piece of PEAC Adoption Program".

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Who are the Peace Agents?

Engagement in conflict and peace work, development work or humanitarian assistance is essential, but this commitment has not necessarily to take place in the areas of conflict – as well as conflict work is not just being done "under fire".

The Peace Agents Foundation has in Germany a board of trustees (“Kuratorium”) with the same name as the association of members worldwide: Peace Agents. The Foundation's Board of Directors invites members to further develop concepts of the Foundation and its partner organizations (e.g., Aikido, barefoot doctors or civil-military relations), to get jointly involved in policies of peace and to start an exchange across national and cultural boundaries with peace and conflict workers in various conflict and crisis regions.

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How can I join the Peace Agents?

The personal contact is important to us – but in times of virtual reality this is not necessarily being done face to face. Please send an email with your contact details and short background information on your person to the Peace Agents ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We would be pleased if you already had ideas and suggestions you would like to contribute to the work and discussions of the Peace Agents. Where appropriate, the data will be passed on to the geographically closest member, so that he/she can get in touch with you.

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What is the "Volunteer Program” of the Peace Agents Foundation?

Experts from various fields, who wish to participate in development cooperation or peace effort during a career break or a sabbatical, are being invited to get involved in the projects and partnerships of the Foundation. Hereby, our partner organization is “Managers without Borders”.

Also young people with “Abitur” (German university entry-qualification) or a completed apprenticeship have the opportunity to take part in our projects. The “weltwärts”-program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is responsible for the selection, preparation and assistance of the volunteers. Hereby, our partner organization is the German Development Service (DED).

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What is the "A Piece of PEACE Adoption Program?

In this program, companies will be invited to develop and design together with the Foundation and its partner organizations projects of peace and conflict work, development work and humanitarian aid. Furthermore, the companies can participate and perform in existing training programs.

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