Project Ploughshares is the peace research institute of The Canadian Council of Churches that works with churches, governments and civil society, in Canada and abroad, to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace.
Project Ploughshares provides expertise and analysis to the council and its members on peace and security issues and assists them in shaping an ecumenical response to those issues.
The work of Project Ploughshares is rooted in the ethics of Christianity – namely: peace, reconciliation and justice – but Project Ploughshares grounds its research in careful analyses of facts and presents its findings in reasoned, public policy language.
Policy work and program implementation are often carried out in collaboration with other NGOs, in Canada and internationally. Project Ploughshares is a member of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Peacebuild, the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Steering Board of the Control Arms Coalition and the International Action Network on Small Arms.
Our policy work on peace and security issues is informed and strengthened through direct involvement with partners in conflict zones. In the Horn of Africa our long-term partner is Nairobi-based Africa Peace Forum.
Project Ploughshares operates out of The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College on the University of Waterloo campus. The CPA is home to University of Waterloo faculty and masters students, as well as peace-oriented entrepreneurs and established organizations from the region’s vibrant peacebuilding field.
Our Unique Contribution
Government officials and politicians in Canada and abroad have come to expect high-quality and accurate research, as well as forthright presentations of concrete policy options. The views of Project Ploughshares are listened to and sought out by decision-makers.
Among the wider NGO community we help shape debates on issues such as nuclear disarmament, ballistic missile defence, the arms trade, space security, Canada’s role in Afghanistan and Canadian security spending.
Project Ploughshares has a broad and engaged constituency in Canada, which includes its nine sponsoring church denominations and a donor constituency of more than 8,000 individuals.