The Finance for Peace initiative seeks systemic change in how investment supports peace in the world’s developing and fragile places
Finance for Peace is an independent initiative that seeks systemic change in how private and public investment supports peace in the world’s developing and fragile contexts. It aims to create multistakeholder approaches that can co-develop the critical market frameworks, networks of political support, partnerships and knowledge required to scale what we call peace finance - investment that has an intentional and positive impact on peace. By doing so, it is possible to realise mutual benefits of reduced risks for investors and communities and achieve both bankable and peaceful outcomes.
Finance for Peace will start by engaging a wide and diverse array of actors. It will bring together investors, private industry, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), governments, peacebuilders, development actors, civil society and communities to identify critical frameworks,
standards and principles as well as key knowledge and innovative solutions that can bring true additionality to investors as well as more inclusive development.
Working with partners, it will develop an iterative peace impact framework and connected set of peace standards for various categories of investment that can be used by the market to guide, measure and validate peace positive investment.
Finance for Peace has been incubated by Interpeace, an International Peacebuilding organisation that has worked on conflict resolution and peacebuilding throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America for over 27 years. The governance and administration of the Initiative is supported by Interpeace from Geneva, Switzerland. It is financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Finance for Peace
Workstream 1: Peace Finance Impact Lab
Working with partners across government, DFIs, peacebuilding, development, investors and industry to develop a widely recognised and validated Peace Finance Impact Framework and draft Peace Impact taxonomy and related metrics.
Workstream 2: Peace Finance Standards Lab
Working with partners across government, DFIs, peacebuilding, development, investors and industry to develop draft peace bond and equity standards as well as draft exclusionary criteria for peace investments.
Workstream 3: Scaling Finance for Peace
Ideating new bankable and blended finance structures as well as innovative financing approaches, engaging more partners to sustainably scale new Peace Finance approaches.
Peace Bonds - bankable structures that can lower risk and enhance peace
A joint study supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and led by Interpeace, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB), has outlined the process, mechanisms, conditions and commercial applications to establish a new category of sustainable investment called Peace Bonds.