February of this year marked an important moment in the history of the Fight for Peace Alliance in the UK with the conclusion of a three year project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). This project was aimed at strengthening the capacity of Alliance member organisations and adapting the Fight for Peace Pathways education programme for delivery to young people in their local communities.

To mark the moment, an infographic highlighting the key achievements of the period was created by the team at Fight for Peace. Glimpses of these infographics can be seen below and the full versions can be downloaded to read in detail. In total two visual representations were created, one covering the journey of Alliance members in the UK over this period and one relating to Alliance members worldwide.

We checked in with Alliance Programme Manager Carolina Velasquez to understand the importance of this period for the Alliance and the thought behind the visuals produced:

Carolina: We wanted people to see at a glance the path we have walked during all these years and for our wonderful Alliance members to see themselves reflected in this.

Before the Alliance programme was created, Fight for Peace had a group of organisations that had been trained to adapt the Five Pillars Methodology to their localities but they had little connection between them, apart from those that had trained together in the same group.

Thanks to the Alliance programme, these organisations have become part of a community where experiences and struggles are shared, and where solutions and best practices are exchanged. 

With the visual representations that we created, we wanted to show a journey. You’ll see that this starts with the welcoming of organisations to the Fight for Peace Alliance and goes through many important stages of the organisations’ development, with highlights in some of the crucial moments that contributed to the consolidation and strengthening of their programmes and support for young people. 

This ranged from organisations changing their legal status or improving internal processes such as monitoring and evaluation systems, to being better able to achieve their social aims, to organisations receiving national and international recognition for their work. 

Over recent years, the Alliance programme has allowed us to see organisations’ development and be part of their journey. With this visual representation piece we wanted to celebrate their achievements and thank them for allowing us to be part of it!

We also wanted to thank the funders who have supported us during these years and who believe in the power of working together in a community of practice – this piece of work we hope also recognises this support. 

For our team and the Alliance more generally, this feels like the end of one chapter and the start of a new one. We are very excited about what comes next and we are actively working to understand the needs, challenges and strengths of the Alliance and its members and their communities.

We know that by doing this we can all ensure that we maximise the impact of the Alliance on the communities and young people we all serve.

The Fight for Peace Alliance impacts young people in communities around the world by connecting youth-focused organisations together and fostering ongoing exchange between them. The aim is to capitalise on the collective knowledge and skills contained in this global network and ensure that we all become stronger, more sustainable, and even better placed to meet the needs of our young people. Along with our Collectives and our Academies, this is one of the three models Fight for Peace uses to support young people to reach their full potential.

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