Peace Projects Grant Program is an initiative of Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and its mission is to provide grants for innovative projects promoting peaceful coexistence, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Since its establishment in 1994, JWF has organized events promoting peace, tolerance and dialogue through platforms that work under its umbrella. Conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts that take place through these platforms reflect JWF’s understanding that peace is a dynamic process which requires both short-term response to address the immediate needs of the communities impacted by conflicts and a long term vision to establish sustainable peace. JWF believes that in order to be effective and long lasting, peacebuilding and conflict resolution strategies must be supported by society in general, involve all relevant stakeholders, and must address the social, economic, psychological, and environmental needs of the parties, build local capacities, and empower community members. In this spirit, Peace Projects aims to:
Foster dialogue, respect and understanding between conflicting parties;
Promote post-conflict peacebuilding and development;
Increase peacebuilding and conflict resolution capacity at the local, national and international levels;
Support implementation of innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding, reconciliation and dialogue in communities experiencing conflict;
Further principles of human security, good governance, respect for rule of law and human rights, gender empowerment, and social and economic development;
Explore, develop and utilize local resources for conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and development.
The Peace Projects and the Istanbul Summit created a wonderful and exceptional environment that allowed me to have an in-depth understanding of the issues and restrictions before peace efforts around the world. I consider myself blessed to meet brave, passionate and talented people who devoted their lives to international development, which, I strongly believe, make a tremendous positive difference in the lives of people.