From Personal Transformation to Peacebuilding Impact


Supplying a Missing Link in Peacebuilding


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


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.

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  • 150.000+ trauma-relief beneficiaries (Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, India, US, Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Northern Caucasus and Afghanistan)
  • 2000+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)
  • Gangs: reintegration of gang members
  • 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 400.000 prisoners and staff
  • Reconciliation between tribes/villages

What We Do


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

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.


Towards Integrated Peacebuilding: Psychosocial Skills and Professional Care for Peacebuilders in the Field

Designed by experienced practitioners and peace workers, our bespoke training programs provide professional peacebuilders and peacebuilding organizations with the experience and skills to improve and integrate psychosocial skills and self- care into their peacebuilding work.


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


“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


IAHV Peacebuilding

IAHV is an international non-profit organisation with consultative status at ECOSOC (UN) which implements its programs across cultures in 150 countries. IAHV Peacebuilding’ addresses two vital factors, which influence the way communities prevent, mitigate and transform conflict and build peace. First, we offer programs and trainings which empower individuals who are involved in or affected by conflict and violence, having identified the clear linkage between individuals and the roles they play in animating effective and positive institutions, sectors, and societies. Second, we promote universal human values such as non-violence, dignity, equity, justice and well- being, which produce a positive impact on the way individuals, relationships and communities interact at every level of society. Focusing on the individual as the basis for social and political transformation is how we turn personal transformation into peacebuilding impact.
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IAHV PeacebuildingJune 21st, 2017 at 5:22pm
With all the moving stories going around today on #WorldRefugeeDay we also wanted to share the joy! The smiles! The laughter! Children have a incredible ability to smile even in the most harsh situation! We can learn so much from children.
The photos here are of Syrian refugee children in Jordan taken after going through one of our IAHV Peacebuilding​ programs.

Help us reach our fundraising goal today so our work with Syrian refugees can continue: http://bit.ly/RefugeeDay2017

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IAHV PeacebuildingJune 21st, 2017 at 5:22pm
There is no job in the world as great as helping kids find their joy and laughter after witnessing so much pain and suffering!
Help us reach our goal today of $20,000 of match funding through Global Giving so we can continue enhancing the lives of Syrian Refugees.

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IAHV Peacebuilding updated their cover photo.June 21st, 2017 at 5:22pm
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared Cristiano Ronaldo's video.June 21st, 2017 at 5:22pm
65 million is no small number. 65 million people with 65m stories with 65m hearts to be healed! That's a humongous task and we have taken that up and will do as much as we can every moment! #worldrefugeeday
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Everyone please watch this video from Save the Children US for #WorldRefugeeDay If you would like to do more to help refugee children, go here http://www.savethechildren.org/cr7
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared IAHV Peacebuilding Lebanon's post.June 21st, 2017 at 5:22pm


RT @CRbuildpeace: One person forced to flee their home every three seconds by #war and violence: https://t.co/mVZoD79fZr #WorldRefugeeDay v… IAHVPB photo

RT @FBAFolke: Every dollar invested in #peacebuilding can lead to a 16 dollar decline in the cost of #armedconflict @GlobPeaceIndex #confli IAHVPB photo

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