Our mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side-by-side with local communities, and advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity. NP envisions a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. We are guided by principles of nonviolence, non-partisanship, primacy of local actors, and civilian-to-civilian action.
In every region and in every situation, with every partner and team member, our work is guided by the overarching values of nonviolence—the powerful moral force of social change—and independence, a neutral and non-judgmental perspective that helps us to bring people together within hostile environments without promoting the interests of particular groups of people or governments. At the heart of our work is a deep respect for pluriversality—that diverse and inclusive narratives and histories are welcome and authentic—which creates space for us to engage in radical connections within our partner communities by centering people and the commonalities of our humanity in our shared experience and interactions. Finally, we practice direct action on immediate threats of violence as well sustained change by interrupting systemic violence.
Learn more about our values and how they align with our work in our strategic plan.