The independent resource on global security

Sustainable peace

Slums and high-rise buildings in Manila, Philippines
Slums and high-rise buildings in Manila, Philippines, 2013. Photo: saiko3p / Shutterstock

Peace is an investment; the peace of today not only allows for production and consumption today, but also creates expectations and culture of peace for tomorrow. By definition, sustainable development includes consumption and economic behaviour today that does not negatively impact on future generations, therefore positive, peaceful development today is sustainable development. 

SIPRI’s research in this initiative examines the relationship between peace and different measures of prosperity, giving particular focus to the conditions that bridge between conflict management, prevention and resolution and how that can lead to peace. This project also assesses the levels and kinds of investments in peacebuilding and sustainable development, including aid flows and the measure of effectiveness in development, particularly related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Indicators of peace and development

SIPRI contributes to global efforts to identify indicators and targets for monitoring progress on peace and development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG16 on peace, justice and effective institutions.

Complexity and fragility

SIPRI undertakes research on methods for defining and measuring fragility, which is linked to the effectiveness of development in complex environments.

Girls in a school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

SIPRI looks at trends in aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries over the last 15 years and in the new development era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Improvised explosive device containing an anti-tank mine found by Iraqi police in Baghdad, 2005

SIPRI monitors and maps anti-vehicle mine incidents and provides trend analysis on their humanitarian and developmental impact.

Refugees at the Gyekenyes Zakany Railway Station in Hungary, October 2015

SIPRI seeks to understand the root causes of different kinds of migration and the experiences of migrants in order to inform policies that incorporate the security, development and humanitarian aspects of mobility.

Food and security

SIPRI seeks to improve the understanding of the relationship between food, security, stability and peace. For this work, SIPRI has agreed a multi-year partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Research staff

Dr Gary Milante is Programme Director and Focal Point for the Global Registry of Violent Deaths (GReVD) initiative.
Dr Caroline Delgado is a Senior Researcher and Director of the Food and Security Programme at SIPRI.
Laura Alina Fabich is an intern in the SIPRI Peace and Development Programme.