From Personal Transformation to Peacebuilding Impact

Effectively Transforming mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour

Laying a Strong Psycho-social Foundation for Sustainable Peace

An Integrative Approach to Sustainable Peace

Human, Holistic, Highly Effective

Stress Management and Resilience Program for Key Workers in the COVID-19 response

Overcome these challenging times with a unique breathing meditation program

IAHV Peacebuilding Programs effectively transform the mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour of individuals and communities engaged in or affected by conflict and violence.

Cooperating with other organisations in a holistic approach, IAHV lays a strong psycho-social foundation in which other peace and development efforts can take root.

Supplying this missing link in peacebuilding, we turn personal transformation into greater peacebuilding impact.

IAHV also advocates and builds capacity for psychosocial peacebuilding programming and awareness on an international level, including the structural integration of MHPSS and Peacebuilding.

The 3 objectives of IAHV Peacebuilding Programs

  • Preventing and Breaking Cycles of Violence
  • Restoring Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Creating Cultures of Peace

Impact in 20+ conflict and war-zones:

  • 300.000+ trauma-relief beneficiaries (Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, India, US, Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Northern Caucasus and Afghanistan)

  • 7400+fighters laid down arms (Kashmiri militants, Naxalite terrorists, FARC rebels, Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, the LTTE in Sri Lanka, militants in Assam, Maoists in Nepal, ao)

  • Colombia breakthrough in peace process: FARC leadership embraces Gandhian principles of non-violence and agrees to speed up the peace process after mediation by IAHV Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in June 2015.

  • Prisons worldwide: rehabilitation programs for 700.000 prisoners and staff

  • Gangs: reintegration of gang members

  • Reconciliation between tribes/villages

  • Healing, Resilience and Prevention of Extremism for 18.000 war affected children in Lebanon and Jordan (EU project) 

  • Reduced PTSD symptoms in US war veterans

What We Do

Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

Effective, accessible and scalable workshops significantly reducing symptoms of PTS,  anxiety and depression through a self-empowering approach

Preventing and Transforming Violent Extremism – Mobilising Youth for Peace

Preventing and Transforming Violent Extremism – Mobilising Youth for Peace

Effective transformation of attitudes and behaviours of radicalised individuals and groups and their nonviolent empowerment, reintegration of ex-combatants, and healing and resilience for survivors, affected families and communities.

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Towards Integrated Peacebuilding: Psychosocial Wellbeing, Skills and Knowledge for Increased Peacebuilding Impact:

Learn analytical frameworks to design psychosocial peacebuilding programs, gain confidence to innovate through personal experience, nurture your peacebuilding qualities and remain peaceful in the midst of conflict.

Social Cohesion: Dialogue and Reconciliation

Social Cohesion: Dialogue and Reconciliation

Individual and community programs providing healing and well-being, transcending identity based conflict and sectarianism, building social resilience and cohesion and motivating participation in reconciliation activities

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Global Advocacy for Integrated Peacebuilding

IAHV advocates and builds capacity for psychosocial peacebuilding programming and awareness on an international level, including the structural integration of MHPSS and Peacebuilding.

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Resilience and Self-Care Programs:

We provide peacebuilders, humanitarian, health and other frontline workers with simple but effective tools to improve stress management, personal resilience, well-being, performance capacity and prevent burn-out.

Characteristics of IAHV Approach

  • Self-empowering
  • Effective
  • Evidence-based
  • Cost-effective
  • Applicable across different cultural and social backgrounds
  • Scaleable
  • Easily accessible and low risk of stigmatization

Testimonials

“I wholeheartedly endorse the IAHV Peacebuilding Program that you are launching. I firmly believe that IAHV has the promise of bringing something unique and impactful to traditional peacebuilding efforts.”
Sanjay Pradhan, Vice-President World Bank Institute

“I think this will address the roots of conflict, the psychological dimension that nobody deals with or comes close to. They think it is something very complicated. They need to find solutions for difficult cases and treat each case separately. However, this is an effective group approach for psycho-social issues.” Sanaa, social worker, Beirut

“You send people to a workshop for a week and you figure they’re going to feel better. But to see something one year after is pretty amazing.” Dr. Emma Seppala, Associate Director Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford

“You are more effective in psycho-social support than any of the specialized agencies.” Youth worker, Tripoli, Lebanon

“Now we can trust again. We did not trust anyone anymore.” Displaced Yazidi from Sinjar, Iraq

“This (IAHV Programs) needs to spread across Syria and Lebanon.” Social activist, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I was very happy in the course. Very happy. I learned exercises that relax my body. My heart was emptied from all problems and burdens. It made us get rid of the tension and anger. I wish that all people will come to this happy place.”Malik, 12 yr, Bab Al Tabaneh, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I wish it wouldn’t be just 7 days program, I hope IAHV can have a center here where we can come to you. Just as you opened a door for us please open it to others too, this is what matters to us.”Ibrahim, Syrian youth refugee from Aleppo, Haret Hreik

“I observed many victims of war suffering from PTS in serious post-conflict circumstances in Kosovo. IAHV trainings have significantly helped them in their recovery.” Vehbi Rafuni, Director, Association for Disabled Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans

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3 months ago

Please join us for a timely online panel discussion IAHV Peacebuilding is organizing on "Strengthening #MentalHealth at the core of #Peacebuilding and #Development" during a global virtual conference on "Changing Paradigms in a Pandemic World” on 7 April 2021 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm CEST.The session will unpack the lessons from the #pandemic and underline the importance of #MHPSS in peace building, sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Speakers will present a tried and tested blue print for individual and societal resilience and look back on best practices, involving war survivors, prisoners, students, refugees and frontline workers. Together we will outline a holistic approach to development that goes beyond economic parameters and incorporates personal and societal happiness alongside mental well-being.Confirmed conference speakers include Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,Director-General of WHO, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Founder of World Forum for Ethics in Business and IAHV, and panelists from @Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, IOM - UN Migration, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.Kindly spread this important conversation to strengthen a post-pandemic future with ethics.FREE REGISTRATION: www.wfeb.org/pandemic ... See MoreSee Less
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🌎 Please join us for a timely online panel discussion IAHV is organizing on "Strengthening Mental Health at the core of Peacebuilding and Development" during a global virtual conference on "Changing Paradigms in a Pandemic World” on 7 April 2021 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm CEST. 🌎☘️ Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions will be crucial post pandemic, especially in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Join us in finding collaborative solutions to integrate MHPSS into our programs. ☘️🖥 The global virtual conference, previously attended by more than 2 million people, will have 22 panels on varied topics with 150+ speakers, including WHO Director-General Dr. Ghebreyesus , the founder of IAHV and WFEB Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other global leaders. 🖥🖊️ FREE registration (after registration you can indicate your panel choice): www.wfeb.org/pandemic ✨✨✨ Kindly spread this important conversation on Changing Paradigms to your networks, colleagues, friends, and all who may be interested in hearing stories of hope and innovation, and coming together to strengthen a post-pandemic future with ethics. ✨✨✨Contact us at info@iahv-peace.org / Website: www.iahv-peace.org#wfeb #iahv #pandemic ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

Effects of the global pandemic are similar to war-like circumstances in terms of stress, depression and anxiety.IAHV volunteer teams around the world provide -Healing, Resilience and Empowerment workshops for highly stressed populations.www.iahv-peace.org/global-healing-resilience-and.../IAHV teams are also trained to support the Covid-19 key workers around the world so they can manage their stress well and stay healthy and resilient during their most important service for all of us.www.iahv-peace.org/online_course/english/Please inform health workers and people you know about these services. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

IAHV joined the ongoing efforts of United Nations Development Programme - UNDP and Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken , Netherlands, to systematically incorporate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into national and international peacebuilding frameworks. In an online Webinar attended by 80+ colleagues, including UNDP staff, Member States, civil society organisations and UN entities, IAHV presented its integrated approach to psychosocial peacebuilding as well as concrete results in improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing violence and aggression in conflict and war zones. We are happy to be part of this broader, global initiative, making its way slowly but surely in order to change the way we think and practice peacebuilding, taking better care of all involved in or affected by violence, and becoming more impactful in our peacebuilding interventions.With thanks to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Philippines IAHV Philippines International Association for Human Values MHPSS.net - Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Network United Nations Development Programme - UNDP UNDP Philippines ... See MoreSee Less
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Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 4:01am
Supporting the ongoing efforts of @UNDP @MinBZ to systematically incorporate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into peacebuilding frameworks.
Presented IAHV’s integrated approach in online Webinar with UNDP staff, Member States, CSOs. @mhpss @UNDPPH @SriSri @iahv https://t.co/eEBrLvWw58
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at 11:03am
Supporting the ongoing efforts of @UNDP @MinBZ to systematically incorporate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into peacebuilding frameworks.
Presented IAHV’s integrated approach in online Webinar with UNDP staff, Member States, CSOs. @mhpss @UNDPPH @SriSri @iahv https://t.co/eEBrLvWw58
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