Above: a truth telling bonfire in Sierra Leone, where conflict victims and offenders come together as part of a forgiveness ceremony – an image from the work of Fambul Tok, supported by Catalyst for Peace
(c) Sara Terry for Catalyst for Peace.
In a world where nearly everything from the arts to vaccinations to conservation is being politicised, funders of all sorts can learn lessons from the peace and security field
Since every philanthropic endeavour depends ultimately on peaceful and stable societies, peace and security philanthropy underpins every funder’s aim. The peace and security field includes everything from nuclear disarmament and curbing weapons trafficking to protecting civilians in conflicts and promoting inclusive peace through race and gender equity. It is also expanding as new threats arise – climate change as a driver of conflict, emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, and widening societal divisions – and requires funders to balance immediate crises, such as Syria and Yemen, and long-term challenges like nuclear weapons and cyberwarfare.