PAX discerns overarching themes that are relevant in more than one region and that are often linked to national, regional and international developments. Consistency required us to develop a thematic policy. Within each theme we distinguish various theories and we rely on our own research and practical experience when we participate in public political debates related to these themes. PAX is especially concerned with the following themes:


Inclusive Peacebuilding

Lasting peace starts with an inclusive society where every person has a voice, regardless of their background or gender. Together with partner organizations, local authorities, the military and police, PAX gives communities a voice. To deal with minorities, women and other vulnerable groups. To work on a new social cohesion in post-conflict areas. 

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Gender, Peace & Security

Gender is always an important key topic for PAX across all our themes and programs. Inequal power relations and destructive gender norms are prevalent in the social, political and economic dynamics of a society. Understanding this dynamic is key to achieving effective peace work. 

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Protection of Civilians

The protection of civilians is at the heart of PAX’s work. PAX conducts research in conflict areas, together with local activists and organizations, on how to best protect civilians against the destructive power of war. The lessons we learn we share with policy-makers in politics and the military. 

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Humanitarian Disarmament

Some weapons don’t differentiate between civilians and soldiers, and lead to innocent victims decades after the conflict has ended. This is why PAX wants to bring an end to controversial weapons such as cluster bombs, nuclear weapons and killer robots. 

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Business, human rights and conflict

Business enterprises in conflict-affected areas are running risks of involvement in the most egregious human rights violations. They also risk to exacerbate conflict, threatening their own operations and putting the lives and livelihoods of the population at risk. These risks are rarely well assessed or prevented. 

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