SPADO is currently managing a network of civil society activists comprising representatives of NGOs, religious scholars, political activists, academia and media representatives. The capacity building of the network comprising forty members was undertaken on lines of conflict analysis, mediation, dialogues, negotiation and communication and problem solving skills with the technical expertise of United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in 2009 for representatives of aforementioned segments from Khyber Pakhutnkhwa and FATA. In the second phase starting the network was extended to Karachi and other parts of Sindh province, training another batch of forty-five civil society activists. The network members have ever since resolved some very potentially violent conflicts within their communities and undertaken trainings within their organizations and the communities in their respective areas. SPADO maintains an active follow-up on the activities of the group and reflects these in a quarterly newsletter. These conflict mediation facilitators trained in dialogue mediation valuably contributed to SPADO’s another peacebuilding intervention at the regional level called Pakistan-Afghanistan Dialogue initiative 2010-2011 in which they engaged border communities representatives from cross sectors in identifying barriers and opportunities to peacebuilding in border sharing Pakhtun populated regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan and developing community action plans and policy recommendations to local and national governments and the international community for building peace in the region.
The engagement of youth has been an integral part of SPADO activities since its inception in 2002. With the understanding of the dire need of youth involvement for a peaceful society, SPADO has initiated and provided many youth platforms to actively engage and represent the significant role of youth for peacebuilding. From the platform of SPADO, Pakistani youth have been participating in various national, regional and international peace initiatives for a non violent and peaceful world. In this context youth have been participating in awareness activities like seminars, conferences, sports events, exhibition and workshops. The main objective of involving youth is to prepare young individuals to play a leadership role in future and to keep them abreast of the global peace and security situations. From the platform of SPADO youth, the members not only interact with friends at local and national level but at the same time they share information with the youth of other countries and cultures. The overall vision of the youth engagement policy of SPADO is to strive for a non-violent and peaceful society contributing towards a culture of peace.