All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues

From 2011 to 2016 Engi provided the secretariat to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, which was set up in 2006 to encourage dialogue on how to prevent, transform and resolve violent conflict.

During its decade of activity the APPGCI held almost 100 meetings, giving a sustained voice in Parliament to those working in peace-building and conflict management. 

The APPGCI helped to put the prevention of violent conflict firmly on the UK political map. In 2010 it secured the first-ever Parliamentary debate [1] devoted to the issue. Additionally, six UK parties – including the three main ones – made manifesto commitments to prevention.

In June 2011 the group secured the second-ever Parliamentary debate [2] on preventing violent conflict, during which the UK government was prompted to state its ambition to become 'the world leader in making a real impact in this absolutely vital area.'

Then Co-Chair of the APPGCI Simon Hughes MP led the debate and was warmly praised by Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Henry Bellingham MP:





’I’d like to congratulate him on the work he’s done with the All-Party Group on Conflict Issues and the honourable colleagues who have been supportive of that group, which I think is one of the most important groups in Parliament.’

This experience in Parliament with the APPG on Conflict Issues means Engi can offer invaluable guidance and support to those who want to further nonviolent approaches to conflict in the political sphere.

'I would like to put on record my tribute to Eddy Canfor-Dumas and all his colleagues who have supported us to develop the all-party group. They have shouldered the burden of the hard work.' John McDonnell MP, Westminster Hall Debate on Conflict Prevention, 9 February 2010

[1] Hansard report - 9 February 2010 

[2] Hansard report - 21 June 2011