Our new strategy 2030

Published on Thursday, 3rd of June 2021

As the world around us evolves, CMI will continue to create environments conducive to peace and safe spaces for dialogue. Our new strategy Mastering the Craft of Peace serves us as a collective roadmap for responding the future challenges and pursuing our enduring vision – all conflicts can be resolved.

In the midst of rapid, unprecedent global change, embarking on a process to develop a 10-year strategy might seem an implausible enterprise. For CMI, this ex- ercise, at this moment, has been indispensable. “Building our new strategy has helped anchor us in our institution’s legacy and reinforced the foundation upon which we build our future. It was a tool to take stock of our two-decade track record and analyse our modus operandi. It has also provided us with the opportunity to engage with many of our key stakeholders to analyse our operational context and the future of mediation. I’m confident this document is a solid basis for us to address and prepare for the future”, describes CMI’s Director for Global Strategy, Itonde Kakoma, the rationale and outcomes of the process.


Serving as a trusted partner

Over the next ten years, CMI’s mission will be to antici- pate and respond effectively to the changing character of conflict through mediation and dialogue. To deliver this mission, we will focus on our top strategic priority “Mastering the Craft of Peace”, which is based on two mutually supportive areas: mediation and dialogue and serving as a trusted partner.

We will provide our stakeholders with the best possible support and expertise to settle conflicts through peaceful means and enable the greatest impact for our beneficiaries even when working in the toughest environments and complex settings. We will also actively en- gage in the shaping of the policy and praxis of international and regional peacemaking.

Embedded in our regional program and linked to the advancement of praxis-oriented policy, we have identified two thematic focus areas – Women in Peacemaking and Digital in Peacemaking – which will steer our efforts to integrate inclusivity and innovation.

We will also invest in our people and organisational de- velopment to respond to the expectations of our staff and the demands of our operating environment. Our in- stitutional resilience will be developed by focusing on three areas: One Team, Partnerships & Funding and a re-articulation of our Global Profile, one that is rooted in heritage, track-record, innovation and results.


Addressing the new, volatile normal

The strategy builds on CMI’s existing strengths yet plac- es an emphasis on preparedness for the changing na- ture of international peacemaking. As part of the pro- cess, we conducted a careful analysis of global trends that are anticipated to have consequences for the fu- ture of conflicts and conflict mediation. New geopolitical alignments, climate change and deepened inequalities are among the currents that will set the scene also for CMI in the coming decade. Simultaneously, the contours of conflict are rapidly changing and the agency to achieve peace often feels out of the hands of conflict parties themselves. These developments call for the re- adjustment of the policies and practices of peacemaking. They also call for increased collaboration and strong- er partnerships, both within the peacemaking commu- nity and beyond it.

“Our strategy seeks to address some of the most difficult challenges in peacemaking. Our success in implementation and achieving the goals and impact we’re seek- ing will only be built together with our stakeholders,” Kakoma says.

This article was published in our Annual Report 2020