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Invest in Smart Security

By Julia Watson, August 30, 2016


Investing in peacebuilding is investing in smart security. Peacebuilding produces a substantial positive effect on the wider economy. One dollar spent on peacebuilding translates to two dollars of economic activity. Plus, preventing war in the first place is still 60 times cheaper than fighting it.

Smart security infographic

Smart security infographic

Insecurity is expensive. The global cost of violence was $14.3 trillion USD in 2014. Violent conflict also triggers numerous indirect costs incurred from refugee crises, reduced GDP, and increased corruption.

Cost of Insecurity: Sources

Case Studies

Read the case studies below to learn more how small investments in peacebuilding initiatives stabilized regions and built community resilience.

Update Addressing Water Security to Prevent Conflict in Northern Jordan 

Jordan is one of the most water-scare countries in the world. Uncharacteristically low rainfall coupled with a rapid population increase as a result of ongoing conflict in Syria has exacerbated the problem. In the northern governorates of Jordan alone, there has been an influx of an estimated 584,600 Syrian refugees.

Update Community Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution in Guinea's Forest Region 

Located in southeast Guinea, the Forest Region (or Guinée Forestière) has suffered the negative effects of more than 20 years of civil wars in the neighboring countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Update Teaching Tolerance in Indonesian Schools 

When religious intolerance turned into violence in Indonesia, several strong community organizations partnered together to teach students peace and tolerance. These small but strategic investments show how local peacebuilding efforts make the most significant impact on a community.

Julia Watson

  • Scoville Fellow, Peacebuilding Policy

Julia Watson serves as the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in FCNL’s Peacebuilding Program. She works with Allyson Neville-Morgan and Theo Sitther to conduct research and provide policy analysis related to the prevention of violent conflict and protection of civilians.