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What we do

We know that peace cannot be imposed from above, and that only communities themselves can determine what peace between them looks like.


We organise closed-door private meetings between conflicting parties. We maintain a low profile to provide a safe space for actors to share their perspectives and with our help, settle their differences.

Policy Expertise

Our network includes academics from around the world as well as practitioners working outside of academia. We draw on the expertise of our network to engage in problem-solving, provide advice and generate new ideas to support our diplomatic work.

Capacity Building

ICO believes communities can come together and achieve peace, based not on one group’s views prevailing over another, but by constructing a shared vision for a better future. Often, however, power asymmetries lead to one side remaining disadvantaged.

Where we work

Our low-profile approach allows us to engage in situations where official actors cannot.