Such infrastructure, which can also be stated as constituting a society's "collaborative capacity," can help a fragile, divided, or post-conflict society, or a society in rapid transition deal with, for example, recurrent conflicts over land and natural resources and find internal solutions through multi-stakeholder dialogue.
Infrastructures for Peace require key stakeholders in a country to adopt a co-operative, problem solving approach to conflict based on negotiation and non-violence.
Institutional mechanisms, appropriate to each country's culture and context, must be in place to manage this approach at a local, regional and national level. Components of these structures are often National, District and Local Peace Councils; comprised of highly respected and experienced individuals with the capability to bridge political divides and transform conflicts. It is crucial that these levels are interlinked and complementary.
Numerous individuals from various professions have worked on building Infrastructures for Peace to support societies to build collaborative capacity and have hereby accumulated over twenty years' extensive experience from different contexts. This has yielded growing evidence that it is an effective, valuable and promising approach to long-term prevention of violent conflict and constructive conflict transformation.