A woman with her children, Camp de Goudebo, Burkina Faso, 2016, Paul Absalon A woman with her children, Camp de Goudebo, Burkina Faso, 2016, Paul Absalon

TrustWorks harnesses the power of private- and public-sector actors for social good to prevent conflict, promote stability and foster peace-positive development in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCS).

TrustWorks is a social enterprise with three inter-related objectives:

  • Strategize: We support private and public actors to develop and implement context-specific, conflict-sensitive strategies to achieve their organizational objectives in FCS in a manner that at a minimum does ‘no harm’ and, where possible, maximises their unique potential to have positive impacts on conflict and stability.
  • Collaborate: We drive powerful, novel and unusual cross-boundary collaboration – breaking down siloes between private and public actors – to address critical conflict- and stability-related challenges in FCS that cannot be solved by any one actor or sector alone.
  • Innovate: We push the boundaries of current knowledge and practice of private and public actors in FCS – challenging conventional ways of doing things – to achieve more effective, efficient and impactful outcomes on conflict and stability.

We believe that trust and courage are essential for generating and sustaining meaningful change; they enable creativity because a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful future requires different, sometimes innovative means.

TrustWorks’ engagement is further based on principles of respectful and honest collaboration, inclusivity and diversity; at the heart of this approach is the notion of accountability – for our partners and ourselves.

Drawing upon our extensive experience across different sectors, a range of perspectives from multinational, through government and to local community-based organizations, and access to diverse local and global networks, we want to work with diverse partners who exercise trust and courage in taking action for positive change.