a paper plane

Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding


This research is aimed at improving EU capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding by addressing issues of sustainability and local participation in external interventions.

A whole of society approach really speaks to that need to include the people dimension in peacebuilding…it’s policies, politics and people.

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 programme, WOSCAP is hosted by the Conflict and Civil Society Unit at LSE. The project works with ten partners across the European Union and has carried out in-depth case studies with think tanks in Ukraine, Georgia, Yemen and Mali.


The main objective of the WOSCAP programme is to enhance the capabilities of the EU for implementing conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions through sustainable, comprehensive and innovative civilian means. It has focused on conducting evidence‐based research on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding, producing a number of research reports on specific countries and key thematic areas.

In order to assess the EU's efforts the project looks at three types of existing EU interventions, namely Multi‐Track Diplomacy, Security Sector Reform, and Governance Reform. Over the course of 2016, this was done through a combination of desk and field research in Mali, Yemen, Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Honduras. Various ‘community of practice' events and forums for dialogue on thematic areas have brought together policymakers, civilian and military practitioners, academic experts and the beneficiaries of EU interventions. In 2017 the project has been focussing on producing a tailored set of recommendations to improve the EU's civilian means for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.



To assess past and ongoing conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives of the EU and its partners.


To create an evidence base of best practices and lessons learned, in order to identify capability gaps in current EU and partner engagements, and elaborate options for change and potential improvements in long-term peacebuilding efforts by civilian means.


To complement and adjust existing capacities, policies, and initiatives for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, through an inclusive policy-practice dialogue and the development of policy recommendations.


To make a significant contribution to civilian conflict prevention and peacebuilding, by identifying future research priorities, and enhancing the potential of information and communication technologies.


Consortium Partners

Berghof Foundation (BF), Germany

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict  (GPPAC), Netherlands

Escola Cultura de Pau, Barcelona Autonomous University (ECP), Spain

Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation, ESSEC Business School (IRENE), France

Institute of World Policy (IWP), Ukraine

Political Development Forum (PDF), Yemen

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia

Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako (USJPB), Mali

Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) members in case study countries

International Centre on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN), Georgia

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Mali

Association of Middle East Studies (AMES), Ukraine

Organisations associated with the project

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)

Build Up (social enterprise)


Owning the Peace in International Interventions: a Delusion or a Possibility?

By Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic

Read the full article here

Local Ownership Challenges in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

By Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic and Mary Martin

Read the full article here

EU capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding: Challenges, strengths and opportunities of a Whole-of-Society approach

By Chris van der Borgh, Mary Martin and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic (editors)

Read the full article here

Theoretical and Methodological Framework

By Mary Martin, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Chris van der Borgh and Georg Frerks

Read full article here


LSE Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit LSE_CCS

RT @adi_tya_s: 3 new publications from @WorldPeaceFdtn & @LSE_CCS on the prospects for peace in South Sudan (including a paper that I worke…

3 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit LSE_CCS

RT @WorldPeaceFdtn: What are the pathways to a more peaceful political order in #SouthSudan? Alex de Waal discusses recent publications fro…

3 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

Contact us


Research Unit Administrator, Amy Crinnion a.crinnion@lse.ac.uk


Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE