The peace deficit

Barry Knight and Lauren Bradford

A major new survey reflects concerns that philanthropy doesn’t give enough support to peace-building activities. If only it would, its qualifications for doing so are striking

This article gives early results from a survey called ‘Philanthropy for a safe, healthy and just world’. Conducted by Centris and Candid and supported by Peace Nexus, the survey examines issues such as the extent of support for peace-building, the characteristics of peace-building organisations compared with others, and why some organisations engage with peace while others don’t. Findings are based on 823 responses to an open survey conducted between February and March 2019.

Why the survey was done

The premise for the study was that peace is under-represented in philanthropic funding. Groups such as Foundations for Peace have been trying to raise the importance of peace-building for more than a decade, yet have been largely ignored. The findings reported here suggest that such informal observations are supported by hard data.

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