The work done by the Network aims at strengthening and supporting the positive role of religious and traditional peacemakers in peace and peacebuilding processes. All work done by the Network is carried out in cooperation with partner organizations.
The Network supports peace processes and peacebuilding efforts by capacity building, trainings, research, and engaging grassroots actors in national and international dialogues. The activities of the Network are based on a multi-track approach that brings together religious and traditional peacemakers with intergovernmental and international bodies.
In conflict transformation and peacebuilding, track 1 refers to processes in which the top leaderships of the conflict parties are engaged with each other. In track 1.5 processes, the top leadership of one or both conflict parties are engaged in the peace process, but in an informal setting or in their personal capacity. In track 2 elites and decision-makers, and in track 3 grassroots actors are involved. In multi-track activities, multiple actors from at least two tracks participate in peacemaking activities.
By adressing the needs and strengths of grassroots actors and by supporting dialogue between actors from various tracks, the Network supports peacebuilding efforts that are both inclusive as well as sustainable.
The work of the Network can be divided into four clusters: (1) Peace Support, (2) Inclusivity, (3) Thematic Expertise on Preventing Violent Extremism, and (4) Methods and Tools. Even though discussed as separate clusters, clusters 2, 3 and 4 all support cluster 1.
To date, the Network has been and continues to be active in countries such as Central African Republic, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, Finland, Libya, South Sudan and Afghanistan. To add to this, the Network also supports regional-level processes in South and East Asia.