This publication is a product of many people, ideas and organisations coming together through the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a global network of peacebuilding organisations and practitioners. The idea about taking the discussion on human security to the constituencies of peacebuilding organisations working ‘on the ground' emerged from a Human Security Working Group meeting in 2012.
The meeting contributed to the following objectives:
  • To promote and stimulate discussion about the human security approach as related to conflict issues, raising awareness both in the policy and public domains;
  • To channel voices from conflict-affected communities about what human security means to those most needing it – and how it is defined by them;
  • To provide civil society recommendations on the implementation of a human security approach.
The participating organisations from six GPPAC regional networks formed an editorial board, which was coordinated by Jenny Aulin and Gabriëlla Vogelaar at the network's Global Secretariat, together principle editor Kristen Wall. Based on a flexible approach to each organisation collecting the information in their respective countries, we produced the articles together through peer review, discussion and ample input from our colleagues
within the network. 


Afghanistan Justice Organisation - AJO - (Afghanistan)


AJO is an Afghan-led, non-profit, and non-partisan organization inspired by Afghanistan's youth—the next generation of Afghans responsible for Afghanistan's continued social and economic development.  AJO seeks to empower youth to take ownership of their country and to make a difference in the lives of others through public awareness campaign, application of the law, and freedom of choice. Furthermore, AJO is organized exclusively for the purpose of promoting reform through education and training and to advance free markets and individual liberty under the laws of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
AJO is a member of the South Asia network of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

Centro De Colabroración Civica - CCC - (Mexico)


The Centro De Colabroración Civica (CCC) is a non-partisan, non-profit civil society organization that aims to promote a culture for dialogue, collaboration, and peaceful resolution of conflicts and to enable processes that strengthen democracy, sustainable development, and the rule of law in Mexico. CCC is a member of the North America network of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). www.colaboracioncivica.org

Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum - ECLF - (Zimbabwe)


The Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (ECLF) is a grouping of Christian Leaders from Zimbabwe's church umbrella bodies that brings together a variety of church leaders at all levels, both clergy and lay, male and female from all denominations. ECLF's mission is to contribute towards the creation and sustenance of a peaceful, just and democratic nation by capacitating and empowering the entire Church leadership for peace building through dialogue and constructive engagement with the motto "Church and community working together for peace". 
ECLF is a member of the Southern Africa network of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

Initiatives for International Dialogue - IID - (Philippines)


The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity. IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor. It established the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET) in 1994 that spearheaded a regional people's solidarity movement. In 2000, it established the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) – a platform and network of grassroots organizations, communities and NGOs affected and engaged in the conflict in Mindanao. Together with other peace networks, IID led the establishment of the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW), the broadest peace network for Mindanao in the country and currently serves as its secretariat
IID is a member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – Southeast Asia (GPPAC-SEA) secretariat, and co-founder and steering committee member of the Alternative ASEAN Network for Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma). 

Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy - MEND - (Palestine)


Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) is an organisation that promotes active nonviolence and encourages alternatives to violence among youth and adults throughout Palestine. Having built its reputation on a holistic and creative approach to violence in schools, MEND has taken this approach further to reach the general population. MEND employs innovative methods, especially with the media, and is widely respected for working with authenticity and professionalism. MEND is based in East Jerusalem, and has eight regional centers for active nonviolence and eleven community centers/libraries. It is also an active member in the Middle East and North Africa Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC).

The Association of Middle East Studies (AMES) – (Ukraine)


The Association of Middle East Studies is a non-profit organization based in Kyiv, Ukraine, that conducts research and analysis of the Middle East and of Ukrainian foreign and domestic policy regarding Muslim and other minorities with a particular focus on Crimea. AMES' has done numerous projects on mediation and prevention of inter-ethnic tensions (with a focus on Crimea), and increasing civic tolerance in the region. AMES is a member of the Eastern Europe network of Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). 


Human Security First


This publication is part of the Human Security First campaign, which collects testimonials from people all over the world on what human security means to them. See the videos, resources and ways to get involved here!



The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society organisations (CSO's) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world.