Mission statement

For the past thirteen years, In Place of War has worked with creative communities in some of the most challenging context in the world. In Place of War is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict.

We listen to creative communities and respond by providing innovative, do-it-together solutions for grassroots challenges, sourced from our global community of change-makers. Our community spans over 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60 million people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

In the current times of growing divisions across the world, global instability and the increased movement of people fleeing war, the work by communities on the ground to make opportunity and peace is more important than ever and In Place of War’s work to support them is crucial.

Unlike traditional international arts and development organisations, our work over the past thirteen years has been about responding to the needs identified by those on the ground.

Rooted in and part of the communities that they work with, local creative organisations have knowledge and an understanding of their reality. They appreciate the complex historical, political, social and cultural dynamics unique to their situation, because they live amongst and are part of the community they want to reach.This supports a genuine long term commitment to improve their neighbourhood and enables them to embed their work into their community in a way that outsiders cannot. Thus, In Place of War believes that approaches to international development should focused on enhancing existing locally driven and determined projects through partnership with grassroots organisations.

Based on working with community organisations, In Place of War’s work broadly focuses on five priority areas:

  • Priority 1: Local capacity enhancement through enterprise training and skills development-
  • Priority 2: Development of physical spaces for culture activity in communities.
  • Priority 3: Undertaking Research, Policy and Advocacy
  • Priority 4: Creative production and content generation.
  • Priority 5: Mobility, exchange and network of grassroots artists and cultural producers.

Vision and Purpose

Our vision is to be a leader in the arts and peace building/international development sector.

We will be ambitious, focused and distinctive and recognised as:

  • An international leader in developing and implementing learning ecosystems in social and creative enterprise for people in the most marginalised communities in the world.
  • A distinguished authority on the impact of the arts on community development, peacebuilding and positive social transformation.
  • Committed to partnering with communities to develop a network of cultural spaces in areas suffering from the consequences of conflict and/or poverty.
  • A strategic partner of key institutions such as the EU, national governments, UNESCO, World Bank, universities and the NGO international development sector.
  • An advocate for the voices of grassroots communities who are often excluded from debates on policy and strategies on development and peacebuilding.
  • A developer of digital tools to support new pathways to business development and collaboration and routes to international markets for grassroots entrepreneurs.
  • A sustainable organization, generating income from a variety of activities.
  • A respected consultancy on policy and research into the fields of international development, peacebuilding, creative enterprise and the arts.
  • A pioneering organization questioning and challenging established policy and practice through working with and directly supporting local community leaders at the grassroots.
  • An innovator in the creative industries particularly music by establishing the first international artist agency for female artists, primarily of colour and those from conflict, war zones or poverty.
  • Committed to sustainable development and will model the organisation wherever possible to reflect ESG (Environment, Sustainability and Governance) good practice