Peace Innovators

We work with peace innovators across the globe to design and implement technology interventions to peacebuilding processes.

We help organisations take an innovative peacebuilding intervention from idea to pilot implementation. Projects coming out of these programs typically fall into three areas of technology use: data management, strategic communications and dialogue. Participants in our programs emerge with a strong understanding of best practices in participation and innovation for peace that allow them to continue to design and manage programs that introduce innovation processes to their peacebuilding work.

Sahel Fellows

Applications are open until June 7 for a new fellowship program for people working in the Sahel region.

Innovation Fellowships

The Build Peace Fellows Program has been an outstanding opportunity, not only to learn about peacetech, but also to have a hands-on experience regarding the possibilities and limitations of using technology for peacebuilding. In a time when ‘social innovation’ is a buzzword in peacebuilding and development projects, the Build Peace Fellows Programme is a unique opportunity to understand the prospects and risks of projects that involve technology for peacebuilding, and build context-sensitive and sustainable participatory projects that use technology appropriately, ethically and responsibly.”

Build Peace 2016-2017 Fellow

All our fellowship programs share the same core components


Fellows come together for joint trainings that covers a variety of topics including participatory methodologies, human-centered design and conflict sensitivity. Training provides fellows with the tools they need to design and manage innovative projects, and with opportunities for peer learning from others in the program.


Each Fellow is assigned a Build Up team member who acts as their lead mentor. Lead mentors work with Fellows to identify additional mentors (Build Up team member or from the Build Peace network) who have skills or experience relevant to the Fellow’s intervention. Through monthly calls, regular email communication and visits to their project location, the mentors provide project management support, technical advice and hands-on problem solving.


Build Up helps Fellows to communicate their work externally, supporting them to produce communication materials and opening doors to public speaking events. Build Up also facilitates connections with other Fellows in its network. Fellows join a global network of local activists and practitioners working to re-think participation in peace.

Grant funding

Fellows receive a grant to cover some of the technical and implementation costs of their intervention. The exact grant amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific needs of an intervention. Fellows are expected to engage with all aspects of the Fellowship program and become active members of the Build Peace community; applications seeking only grant funding are not a strong match to the program.

Digital Steps Fellows

The Digital Steps Fellows program is a collaboration between Build Up and the British Council. In 2017-2018, we accompanied 8 fellows from 4 organisations inside Syria. In 2019 – 2020, we are accompanying 14 fellows from 7 organisations inside Syria. We are also currently selecting 10 additional fellows from the Yemeni diaspora.

Yemen Communities Stronger Together – Innovation Grants

Build Up is collaborating with Global Communities to pilot the innovative use of technology and creative approaches in peacebuilding projects across five Yemeni communities. We will select two priority initiatives per community (for a total of 10) that can best be addressed through innovative approaches. These 10 initiatives will receive a year of accompaniment and support from Build Up.

Build Peace Fellows

The Build Peace Fellows program was developed by Build Up to pilot an innovation methodology for peacebuilders. Since 2016, we have accompanied 12 fellows from 9 organisations in Myanmar, Colombia, Burundi, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Pakistan. The Build Peace Fellows programs have been funded by PeaceNexus and Danmission.

Other Innovation Accompaniment

Civic Engagement in Cyprus

Mahallae is a digital neighbourhood for civic engagement developed by Cypriot civil society and innovators from the Euro-Mediterranean region. Mahallae was funded and implemented by UNDP-ACT, who engaged Build Up to advise and accompany the project since its inception until June 2015. Mahallae was later handed over to the University of Cyprus, who Build Up is currently advising on strategy and project management for the platform.

Digital Games to Prevent Violence

PEACEapp was a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for dialogue and conflict management. The competition was funded and convened by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the United Nations Development Program in 2014 – 2015. Over 100 submissions from 42 different countries tackled different aspects of peacebuilding and cross-cultural dialogue in engaging and innovative ways. Build Up coordinated the implementation and curation of the competition.