Frontier Design Group was founded on International Peace Day to use the tools of design and systems thinking to address the world’s most complex and persistent human and
national security challenges. We balance rigorous, datadriven analysis of complex systems with the creativity of design tools to build innovative solutions for our clients.
This project is the result of a collaboration between Elliot Short and Milt Lauenstein. It is hoped that
the database presented below will provide a resource for peacebuilders to better understand what
the peacebuilding community is, and to go some way in providing information on all the
international NGOs that exist with the explicit primary goal of reducing armed conflict that we have
In order to do the most good with limited resources, the peacebuilding field would benefit
from better understanding the comparative cost-effectiveness of different approaches to peace.
This way, funders and practitioners alike would be better equipped to know where their funds
and efforts would have the most impact. Studying cost-effectiveness within the peacebuilding
field is made difficult due to the complex nature in which stakeholders operate. What may work
in one context may not be transferable to others. There are challenges too, in identifying data on
both effectiveness and cost...
On December 25, 1991, the hammer and sickle was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin,
signalling the end of the Cold War. After four decades of proxy wars, wars of liberation, and the
ever-present threat of nuclear Armageddon, many believed that the demise of one of the world’s
superpowers signalled the “end of history” and would usher in an era of peace, prosperity, and
Prepared as part of the Milt Lauenstein Research Initiative on cost-effectiveness and peacebuilding.