Trends in Peacetech

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

Emerging Trends in Peacetech

We are constantly exploring emerging trends in the field of peacetech. At the moment, we are thinking about the role of artificial intelligence in peacebuilding and whether there is a space for blockchain in peacebuilding.

Artificial Intelligence in Peacetech
by Build Up

Peace Engineering

Build Up recognizes and appreciates the emergence of peace engineering as an important new orientation towards engineering. While we do not believe it is a stand alone discipline, we do believe that the opportunity to bring the peacebuilding lens to engineering disciplines is essential given the important technical role that engineering can play in peacebuilding solutions. In other words, we believe that while you cannot “engineer peace” you can engineer more peacefully, and in ways that compliment peacebuilding efforts. It is with this in mind that we have begun playing an active role in the development of the peace engineering concept, working with Drexel University, University of San Diego, Arizona State University, Juniata College and others to explore what peace engineering looks like in practice.

Opportunities for Innovation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories

In 2019, Build Up collaborated with swisspeace to explore innovation opportunities for the Swiss cooperation program in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. We conducted a document review and field research to identify innovative approaches within the Swiss Rule of Law and Conflict Prevention portfolio, as well as opportunities to scale up innovation across all three areas of technology for peacebuilding: data management; strategic communications and networking and dialogue.

Innovation in Social Cohesion in Yemen

In partnership with the British Council, Build Up wrote an internal scoping study on strategic uses of technology to build social cohesion in Yemen in 2019.

Innovative Peacebuilding in Syria

In partnership with the British Council, Build Up wrote an initial scoping study of the strategic use of technology to build peace in the Syrian context in 2016 (also available in Arabic.). This study was updated in 2018 in order to reflect both contextual changes in the Syrian conflict, and lessons learned from the Digital Steps programme, run by Build and the British Council. The second report identifies both changes and continuities in the peacetech landscape in Syria, and presents the most pressing considerations for innovative peacebuilding in Syria moving forward.

Entry Points for Peacebuilding in E-Governance in Ukraine

The Innovabridge Foundation commissioned Build Up to explore entry points for strengthening the peacebuilding contribution of the E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) program in Ukraine. The options paper developed by Build Up fed into the new strategy for the program.

Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

The London School of Economics, with funding from the European Commission, is conducting research into the EU’s conflict prevention work. As part of this research project, Build Up leads the assessment of and recommendations for innovative and appropriate use of ICTs within conflict prevention and peacebuilding, with a particular emphasis on the EU’s role in relation to ICTs. The final publication, ICTs & EU civilian peacebuilding: Reflections on good practices, opportunities and challenges published in February 2017, builds on the practical challenges of and opportunities for operationalising peacetech identified in an initial scoping study, and highlights a range of good practices from two case studies: SMS-based programming by Sisi ni Amani in Kenya and the use of video game Peace Park in Georgia by Elva.

Peacekeepers in the Sky

Build Up co-founder Helena Puig Larrauri collaborated with Patrick Meier to produce a paper on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by peacekeeping operations. The paper was published by the ICT 4 Peace Foundation.

New Technologies: The Future of Alternative Infrastructures for Peace

This paper written by the Build Up team is part of the Geneva Platform for Peace’s White Paper Series, a collection of input documents for the White Paper on Peacebuilding. The paper explores the processes that are being set in motion in the peacebuilding space by this technological growth.

Building on Open Data and Information Technologies:
The Future of Resources, Narratives and Collective Intelligence for Development

Build Up Co-Directors Helena Puig Larrauri and Rodrigo Davies outlined their vision on the future of development assistance in this essay that was one of the winners of the Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014, which was held by the Global Development Network in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Early Warning & Early Response in Plateau State, Nigeria

Build Up and PeaceTech Lab partnered on two workshops with participants from Jos, Nigeria (Plateau State) to identify gaps in existing early warning and early response (EWER) systems and to look for potential entry points to support groups working in this area. The outcomes are outlined in this report.

Digital Activism in Sudan

Build Up co-founder Helena Puig Larrauri wrote a chapter for a book on Global Digital Activism curated by MIT’s Centre for Civic Media, focusing on challenges to using technology for non- violent activism in Sudan.

Technology for Peacebuilding

Build Up co-founder Helena Puig Larrauri collaborated with Anne Kahl to produce this foundational paper on peacetech, published by the Stability Journal in 2013.

New Technologies and Conflict Prevention in Sudan and South Sudan

Build Up co-founder Helena Puig Larrauri wrote this early paper on peacetech in 2013, published by the International Peace Institute.