The Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) brings together a diverse group of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and experts, both from g7+ countries and from civil society organizations working on issues of peacebuilding, statebuilding, conflict & fragility at regional and global levels, around the world. In the pre- and post-Busan period a core group of CSOs coalesced to engage in and contribute to the shaping of the  process and outcomes of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS).

The organizations, first coordinated by Interpeace and then adopting the CSPPS title, have been acting since 2011 as the central platform where civil society ideas are generated, where progress with regard to the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSG) is discussed and where consensus is sought on the course of action to be taken with respect to the IDPS. The engagement of civil society builds on the centrality of state-society relations acknowledged by the Dili Declaration and Monrovia Roadmaps, both precursors to the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States (The New Deal), and on the New Deal's understanding of the importance of fostering "confidence between people, communities, the state and international partners.

At its core, our network hosts coalitions of CSOs within New Deal countries, coordinated at country level by a Focal Point organization. Our governance structure includes an elected Executive Committee, with representative co-chairs of Thematic Workstreams that mirror the global IDPS governance structure.  New Deal country networks of Focal Points with support of CSOs engaged in these countries provide analysis and conduct advocacy work to governmental and donor stakeholders in the New Deal process. Thematic Workstreams at the global level, often mirrored at country level, engage in a range of technical and policy issues related to IDPS and New Deal implementation, such as the development of fragility spectrums and assessments, indicators to measure PSG progress, and Compacts.

Together the Core Group, the Executive Committee and the Thematic Workstreams work to ensure that the New Deal implementation includes civil society members and representatives as actors and agents, rather than recipients or evaluators, and that societies are broadly represented in nationally owned processes.

Focal Points organizations have a mandate to coordinate activities contributing to the effective engagement of civil society in the New Deal process. Projects include capacity building, awareness raising and media outreach related to peacebuilding and statebuilding as well as essential support to the participation of civil society representatives to meetings convened by governmental and donor stakeholders.

CSOs have technical and political capacity, great numbers of practitioners with a wealth of experience to share as well as mobilization power at country, regional and global levels, which can be an asset for the successful implementation of the New Deal and are instrumental in supporting the broader peacebuilding and statebuilding efforts.

The CSPPS also functions as the clearing house for deciding on CSO participation in specific meetings of the IDPS Steering Group and related workstream meetings or processes. CSOs are taking into account the need for continuity as well as the need to allow for an inclusive approach and grow the civil society contribution by enabling newcomers to participate.

The CSPPS views its engagement in the IDPS as having relevance beyond the New Deal, in support of greater international attention to the need for long-term, well resourced and society driven commitments to peacebuilding and statebuilding.  The Platform's mandate for participation extends to peacebuilding related international processes, fora and coalitions where it can bring the voice of its constituency: the post 2015 debate, the Open Working Group, beyond 2015 and others.

CSOs working within CSPPS are present in all countries of the g7+ group of fragile and conflict affected states and in a growing number of developing countries where peacebuilding and statebuilding are a key issue of development. Participating CSOs come from 20 countries where a peacebuilding process is ongoing and 5 countries where International NGOs supporting these processes are based.

Key Documents

Fragility Assessments: Where the Dialogue Needs to Go - CSPPS Perspective
English | French

Berlin Declaration 
English French

The Role of the New Deal in Implementing the SDGs in FCAS 
English | French

CSPPS Annual Report 2015: Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
English French


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