Security, reconstruction and peace

Violent conflicts and natural disasters threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. We support our partners in alleviating the structural causes of violent conflict and developing capacities for peaceful conflict transformation. 

We help them assure the safety of the population and reduce the impact of natural disasters and violent conflict by means of preventive measures, emergency aid and reconstruction programmes. In this way, we aim to stabilise fragile contexts in order to make development a reality for all sections of society.

Our strength lies in linking short-term aid with long-term prospects. In the security sector, we support the demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants and provide advice on the build up and reform of capable, democratically legitimate and monitored institutions.

After a crisis we seek to alleviate deprivation through short-term emergency assistance while at the same time planning and initiating steps towards comprehensive reconstruction. We provide foodstuffs and encourage a quick resumption of agricultural activities. We promote employment and secure incomes.

Furthermore we help our partners in finding sustainable solutions to conflicts. We empower people and institutions in assuming responsibility for a non-violent resolution of conflicts and work with adolescents to provide them with better opportunities for the future. We support our partners in finding ways to deal with past injustices, in restoring confidence and in enshrining the rule of law in all public institutions.