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Background of CRS Peacebuilding Program

Peacebuilding emerged as one of CRS' top priorities in 2001. Historically we worked on many activities related to peace and justice, but in the 1990s we began to focus more explicitly on them. This grew in large part out of experiences in East Africa and the Balkans.

We pair peacebuilding with justice to ensure that our activities address the root causes of conflicts and not just surface issues. Justice provides the vision and standards for peace while peacebuilding focuses on the process of how we get there - how we repair relationships and restore broken structures, how we prevent future devastation and how we address current injustices.

The following are a number of important developments in CRS Peacebuilding:

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