The conference will take place on November 6 – 8, 2020 on a virtual platform.

COVID-19 Note: Build Peace 2020 was originally meant to take place at Philippi Village in Cape Town, South Africa. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will now take place online only, on a dedicated virtual platform. We are working with our partners at the Bertha Centre to bring Build Peace 2021 to Philippi Village. 

Register as a participant

Every year, between 150 and 350 people attend Build Peace as participants. Participants bring their experience to conference sessions, sharing it in questions, discussions and networking. Participants can also suggest impromptu sessions during the “Unconference” on the last day.

For all participants, the ticket will give you access to the online platform where plenary sessions will be livestreamed and online versions of break out sessions will take place.

Conference tickets are donation based

We ask you to consider your economic possibilities, and decide on a price that you are willing to pay. In previous years, we’ve charged between US$100 and US$350 for full conference tickets, but we understand that this year is different – that’s why we leave it to you to donate if you can. All ticket sales go towards covering the costs of running the conference.

Apply to Contribute

We value the experience and expertise beyond our immediate network. Every year, we make a public call for applications to deliver short talks, organize workshops and exhibit at a fair.

Workshop organizers, short talk speakers and fair stand holders receive free conference tickets. Before applying to contribute, please review the conference program to ensure your contribution speaks to the Build Peace 2020 themes.

The application deadline is July 31 for all contributions.

Workshops at Build Peace are breakout sessions that offer a deep dive into an area of practice or research that is relevant to the conference topic. We will try to accommodate as many relevant workshops as we can.

Short talks at Build Peace are 10-minute presentations to the conference plenary about an ongoing or finished project. Every year, we receive about 100 applications for 15 spots.

The Fair at Build Peace is a virtual open space where organizations and individuals can showcase art, products, tools or projects that are relevant to the conference theme.

What is Build Peace?

Build Peace explores emergent challenges to peace in a digital era, and peacebuilding innovations to address these challenges. We hold an inter-disciplinary space and address different topics every year. How to build peace? Join us to chart the future.