Even though a growing part of the world’s population over the last decades have obtained a higher living standard, collective violence is a substantial problem that has dire consequences for the affected communities and individuals, as well as the society at large. The mental, physical and social consequences of these human rights violations can have a detrimental effect on the overall development of a society. Collective violence is a serious societal problem, particularly in countries with substantial inequalities. Many organizations work to alleviate poverty, but - considering the magnitude of the problem – not many work with the empowerment of victims/survivors of severe human rights violations combined with preventive strategies.
The organizations presently working to mitigate the consequences of collective violence in developing countries have often adopted a narrow “western” professional approach, which in many cases does not match the local realities in the affected communities. In addition to this, some organizations have adopted an approach based on solidarity with specific local populations that is often based on limited professional knowledge about evidence-based practices in the field.
Nunca Más, international network for human rights and psycho-social response, seeks to offer another approach by providing sustainable and culturally sensitive projects that promote a culture of justice and peace.