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How We Work


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How We Work


The International Secretariat

The IFOR international secretariat in the Netherlands co-ordinates communication among IFOR members, links branches to capacity-building resources and helps co-ordinate international campaigns, delegations and urgent actions.

 

IFOR has extensive working relationships with like-minded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society initiatives around the world. IFOR’s 100 years of expertise in active nonviolence is recognized and respected by these NGOs and many others.

 

IFOR's International Coordinating Bodies

Every four years, IFOR member organizations send delegates to an international council that helps determine the shape of IFOR’s work in the years to come. At that council two primary bodies are chosen.

 

Representative Consultative Committee

The Representative Consultative Committee gives regional and demographic balance in the years following council. The RCC takes on a variety of tasks to help guide the fellowship and assist with coordination and governance.

 

You can find a list of our board members here.

International Committee

The principle governing body between international Councils. The International Committee (ICom) is responsible for determining the shape of work of the Secretariat and ensuring the overall health of the IFOR community and organization.

 

You can find a list of our board members here.

 

Branches


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Branches


Branches, Groups & Affiliates of IFOR

The majority of the work of IFOR is done through the 71 member organizations (or branches, groups and affiliates) around the world. Groups are organizations undergoing the process to become branches. Where there are no branches, there are often courageous individuals acting on our behalf as IFOR Members.

 

Download the full list of members here.

 

International Representation


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International Representation


Engaging Governments and International Organizations

IFOR members are deeply committed to transforming the culture of violence into what Martin Luther King Jr. often described as the “Beloved Community.” In pursuit of this mission, it has recognized the importance of engaging governments and international organizations.

 

IFOR members have been supportive of the principles found in the charter of the United Nations since before the UN’s founding in 1945.  The most notable exception is that IFOR members do not regard the UN as capable of legitimizing armed conflict.

 

The UN is the preeminent institution for international politics and is an important venue within which to encourage peace and international human rights. IFOR has had special consultative status at the United Nations since 1979. IFOR representatives work at the UN Headquarters in New York and its major offices in Geneva and Vienna. Additionally, IFOR is represented at UNESCO in Paris. This is the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization of the UN.

 

IFOR also seeks to engage regional bodies that can contribute to a culture of peace and human rights. The two principle institutions that IFOR seeks to engage are the European Union and the African Union. The EU does not have an institutionalized way for NGOs to participate in its daily operations. However, there is an extensive lobby and advocacy world in Brussels. Here IFOR is connected and engaged through our branch in Brussels, Agir pour la Paix. IFOR hopes to identify a liaison to the African Union and a strategy for representation in Addis Ababa in 2016.

 

IFOR representatives engage in monitoring, advising, providing education, networking and in some instances, lobbying.

 

The IFOR President, Davorka Lovrekovic and the IFOR International Coordinator, Lucas Johnson are registered representatives at all UN Sites.

 

Click on the expandable blocks below to learn more about our representatives and their important areas of work.

 
 

Recent News from the Movement


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Recent News from the Movement


International Programs


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International Programs


The Fellowship School

Equipping Youth with Nonviolence

The IFOR Fellowship School was a program created by the International Secretariat in 2012. The vision was to create a means to equip young people committed to social change with training in a variety of skills for nonviolent direct action. People from all over the world were invited to apply. Remarkable young people trained and contributed to the global movement. Fellows learned from expert practitioners while also serving as interns in the IFOR Secretariat.

 

In 2013 the Fellowship School continued and was based in the headquarters of IFOR’s U.S. Branch in New York. Due to funding challenges the program was been placed on hold. However, IFOR continues to look for opportunities to equip, encourage, and support our members and the broader movement towards a more peaceful and just world. Stay tuned.

 

Protective Accompaniment

The method of protective accompaniment is known around the world as one strategy of being in solidarity with those whose lives are in harms way. Members of IFOR have played an active role in the development of the methodology over the years and IFOR continues to be among the leading organizations engaged in accompaniment.


The Swedish branch of IFOR has an extensive accompaniment program in several countries.

Learn more about SweFOR's work →


The Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Presence is an organization dedicated to providing safety, political visibility and solidarity to communities and individuals in Colombia who are working to promote human rights, peace and justice. FORPP developed through support of various branches of IFOR, most notably the branches of the U.S., Austria and working in collaboration with SERPAJ Colombia. FORPP allows individuals of conscience from all countries to apply.

Learn more and support FORPP →


IFOR members were among the initial organizers of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and many of our branches continue to support this work.

Learn more about EAPPI →

 

Women Peacemakers Program

The Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) was originally established in 1997 as a program of IFOR, to support and empower women peace activists worldwide, and to advocate for a gender perspective in nonviolent peacebuilding. The program grew and was a tremendous success, training, and mobilizing thousands of people around the world. Today WPP is it's own organization continuing to do great work. IFOR maintains close ties with WPP and continues to engage and support the important work of empowering women and addressing the intersection of gender and violence. 

Learn more about WPP →