Who We are

The Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) is a Not-for-Profit organisation that promotes non-violent approach to conflict resolution, through multi-level research, advocacy and actions that strengthen local capacities that will bring about a sustainable culture of peace. The Society began as the brainstorm of a group of passionate advocates of the postgraduate programme of the Peace and Conflict Studies, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, in 2003 seeking to prioritize conflict management as a professional practice and how to streamline the ethics that will guide scholars and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding. Initially spearheaded by staff and student members from the University of Ibadan led by Professor Isaac Olawale Albert; the Society was formally initiated and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC/IT/NO.21194) as a Not-For-Profit Civil Society in 2004 and has gained national outlook and acceptance with its network of branches spread all-over Nigeria and beyond. SPSP formalized its structure, mission statement, and membership procedures in order to fully support the evolution of a culture of peace and other ongoing efforts related to sustainable development; including supporting countries in developing action plans to reduce violence, conflicts and wars.

Peace to Humanity

Since its founding, SPSP has established a procedure that allows for quick action, with transparent and trusting collaboration from diverse partners; who consistently support attainment of our goal-objectives, as enshrined in our constitutional mandate and defined through a process of consistent dialogue with members during the Society’s mandatory Conferences and General Assembly held annually. The success of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice is derived from its interactive and shared Vision and Mission of its founders, members and stakeholders who ensure that the dream is transformed into reality at the country level and beyond boundaries. Our Vision, Mission, Goal and Objectives are clearly spelt out below: The National Working Committee is a nine member executive elected every 3 years by popular ballot into various positions. Elections are conducted at the State Branch every 3years.
The Society is operated at four different levels in the following hierarchy:
The General Assembly;
The Board Of Trustees;
The National Working Committee; and
The Central Working Committee ( All state Branch Chairpersons/Secretaries)


Our Mission

The emergence of a professional platform for synergic relationship focused on sustainable peace and development (in Africa)

Our Vision

Building and strengthening the capacities of scholars, practitioners and others for qualitative service delivery in peace and development work.

OUR GOAL

SPSP will support this process by providing technical expertise and fostering collaboration with partners through alliances to streamline, standardize and promote a culture of peace globally.


OUR OBJECTIVES

Promote the practice of third-party intervention to facilitate management, resolution and transformation of conflicts;
Support and encourage reforms that promote a culture of peace, through education and advocacy; generating a curriculum to promote training and practice of peace studies and other conflict management techniques;
Organize workshops, conferences and publish conference proceedings, peace journals and magazines;
Promote the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and other non-violent models for joint problem-solving;
Promote cooperation, harmonize efforts and close interaction among members of the peace society, donors and similar bodies, both within and outside Nigeria;
Mobilize national and international resources to advance peaceful co-existence of all, devoid of ethnic, religious and political affiliations;
Promote peace projects through the exchange technical knowledge and skills across Africa and the world at large;
Build a common data base for early warning, monitoring and evaluation of conflicts;
Promote and uphold the ethics of professionalism in peace practice; and
Establish an Institute for Peace Studies and Practice


This mandate has allowed SPSP contribute to prevention, mediation and intervention in conflicts. SPSP aims to maximize the largely untapped potentials of its technical expertise beyond managing conflicts; and in joint-project design, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation. We strongly believe that work is based on an understanding that conflict is a natural part of any society; which has the potential for both constructive change or dire consequences of harm and destruction. SPSP contributes to the strengthening of local capacities, where they exist; or/and create platforms for conflict management through work with partners and by encouraging conditions for non-violence, constructive dialogue and joint problem-solving. Research which is a major tool of SPSP play an essential role in transforming conflict because it is a requisite for understanding the context of engagement and as well as a means for designing tools for intervention.


 

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