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Why Support Crisis Group?


Any major conflict causes terrible human suffering – and is shockingly destructive of life, property and opportunity. The International Crisis Group has grown from its modest beginnings in 1995 to become the leading independent source of analysis and advice on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict, working to rid the world of the scourge of mass violence, terrorism and war.

Why Invest in Crisis Group?
  • Because it makes a major contribution to global peace and security
  • Because it is a highly professional, productive, and independent organisation
  • Because it works on places that will be the next markets for business and industry
  • Because through its work, Crisis Group supports international and domestic organisations working to reduce poverty and deliver sustainable development

Crisis Group’s Approach: Three Basic Elements

1. Expert field research and analysis

Crisis Group’s credibility is founded on its field-based research. Our analysts are based in or near many of the world’s trouble spots, where there is concern about the possible outbreak of conflict, its escalation or recurrence. Their main task is to find out what is happening and why. They identify the underlying political, social and economic factors creating the conditions for conflict, as well as the more immediate causes of tension. They find the people that matter and discover what or who influences them. And they consider the actual and potential role for other countries and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and African Union.

2. Practical, imaginative policy prescriptions

Crisis Group’s task is not merely to understand conflict but to prevent, contain and resolve it. That means identifying the levers that can be pulled and those who can pull them, whether political, legal, financial or ultimately, military. Some of these tools require action by the national government or local actors; others require the commitment of other governments or international organisations. Some will be within the current marketplace of received ideas; others will be over the horizon but nonetheless the right way forward. These policy prescriptions, along with our field-based research and analysis, are presented in succinct, timely and readable reports.

3. Effective, high-level advocacy

Identifying the problem and the appropriate response is still only part of the story. All too often the missing ingredient is the “political will” to take the necessary action. Crisis Group’s task is not to lament its absence but to work out how to mobilise it. That means persuading policymakers directly or through others who influence them, not least the media. That in turn means having the right arguments: moral, political, legal and financial. And it means having the ability to effectively deploy those arguments, with people of the right credibility and capacity.

Impact of Crisis Group

Crisis Group’s reports and advocacy have had a significant direct impact on conflict prevention and resolution across the world. Overall, there are five main ways that Crisis Group is considered to play a key role:

  • ringing early warning alarm bells;
  • producing independent and expert field-based analysis and advice on specific conflicts;
  • providing objective analysis and detailed actor mapping unobtainable elsewhere;
  • offering new strategic thinking on some of the world’s most intractable conflicts and crises; and
  • international attention on forgotten conflicts and peacebuilding processes
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It’s Time to Invest in Peace


10 May 2016: Crisis Group experts are working to address urgent challenges ranging from escalating hostilities in Syria to the complex peace process in Colombia to the formation of a transitional government of national unity to calm violence in South Sudan. Our field-centred analysis and advocacy are influencing key players in each of these major conflict-prevention efforts.

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