The International Crisis Group is delighted to announce a $20 million grant from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) that will support our conflict prevention mandate. This new funding will allow Crisis Group to help meet the growing demand for action-oriented recommendations and local information on regional and global issues that fuel violence, such as climate injustice and economic inequality. Crisis Group is the go-to organization for ideas on how to prevent or end deadly conflict. It is a trusted source of analysis and practical solutions for policymakers at the highest levels – from the United Nations Security Council to the African Union – seeking to avert human catastrophe and build peace. sustainable.
The nature of warfare has changed in the 27 years since Crisis Group was founded to serve as the world’s impartial eyes and ears in conflict zones. Renewed great power rivalry and an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape are straining the mechanisms of multilateral diplomacy. Climate change increases food insecurity, water scarcity and competition for resources, while disrupting livelihoods and exacerbating inequalities and injustice. Technological change is transforming the shape of conflict, from the use of social media to foment unrest to the deployment of new weapons to wage war and suppress dissent.
*”We are grateful for this momentous and transformative grant that will allow us to develop cutting-edge efforts to address persistent and emerging risks of conflict and reduce human suffering”, said Dr. Comfort Ero, President and CEO of Crisis Group. “In a world where impunity for mass killings is endemic, where militancy too often grows unchecked, where record numbers of people are starving, displaced or silenced, in large part due to war, and where the threat of nuclear confrontation resurfaces through Russia’s invasion of Ukraine**, I want to amplify our voice and amplify our impact as defenders of humanity.”*
With this grant, Crisis Group will launch an Innovation Hub within its Future of Conflict program to house postdoctoral fellows specializing in emerging risks, initially drawing on expertise on remote warfare, food insecurity and pandemics. The Hub will help us anticipate threats that will arise in the near future, as well as generate new fundraising ideas aimed in particular at attracting big bets and increased philanthropic support for innovative work across the organization. .
Through OSF’s engagement, Crisis Group will also expand its network of local advocacy staff in conflict-affected countries, who regularly engage with all parties to conflict, particularly in countries in the Global South. We will focus on identifying the specific policy changes we want to see regarding particular conflicts, and strategically using our advocacy and communication tools to effect those changes. Partnering with sister organizations, where desirable, will also be essential to our efforts to change policy.
“The growing threat to peace and security calls for urgent and vigorous action. Our investment will allow Crisis Group to have an even greater impact,” said Alex Soros, Vice President of OSF. “*For more than a quarter of a century, Crisis Group has been at the forefront of so many efforts to prevent war and shape peace. Time and time again, Crisis Group has helped end or lessen the impact of deadly conflicts, offering innovative ideas to stop the fighting and persuade policy makers to act to save lives*”.
OSF President Mark Malloch-Brown added: “* From its inception, I knew that Crisis Group would have a vital role to play in the world. But sadly, its mission today is even more crucial than at any time in its history. This is truly an era of crisis – from pandemic, to economic crisis, to catastrophic global climate change and increasing global conflict, as norms of international behavior are eroded – or even abandoned in the case of Putin’s brutal, systems-breaking war against Ukraine. Crisis Group’s experience and expertise, its ability to dialogue with all parties and its presence on the ground in countries affected by conflict have never counted as much as they do today*”.