Survey – Your Community

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Every community is somewhere on the path to peace – and the path to violence.

This two-part survey is designed to help you explore and think about those pathways in relation to your own community and experience.

Survey answers will not offer a definitive measure of where you or your country sit on the two pathways. However, every question answered ‘yes’ – in relation to either pathway – is an indicator of being on that pathway.

We hope that taking part in the survey will be a stimulus for reflection, discussion and positive action to help build peace.

By participating, you will also help the Aegis Trust and Kigali Genocide Memorial build a picture of where different communities around the World see themselves on the two pathways. This may inform future priorities for research and the development of our peacebuilding programmes.

By taking part, you grant the Aegis Trust permission to use your anonymised results in any manner which can assist research and the development of peace-building internationally.

Pathway to Violence

Difficult life conditions​

Difficult or deteriorating living conditions (economic, political, social) can be a starting-point for development of hostility and violence against a certain group.

Seeking in-group protection

Due to difficult living conditions, individuals who are insecure and feel threatened turn to an existing group (ethnic, religious or ideological) for support & protection. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this, and it can be a source of support for individuals. However, especially if the group asserts supremacy for its identity or ideas, it can contribute to a dangerous ‘us and them’ mentality.

Polarization and scapegoating

The group tends to scapegoat (blame) some other group for their life’s problems. They identify the other group as an enemy that is interfering with their vision of a better future.