Work Area: Mediation and Crisis resolution

Initiative: The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

The Foundation provides policy support based on thematic and country monitoring and analysis, aided by an informal network of national leaders, multilateral organisations, business leaders, international non-government organisations (NGOs), and civil society activists, including women’s groups and faith organisations.


The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, a partnership of the Kofi Annan Foundation and the office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, which was chaired by Mr Annan, was an innovative and unique peacebuilding effort. Shortly after the completion of its mandate in August 2017, at the direction of Mr Annan, the Foundation undertook a lessons-learned report project to document the work of the Advisory Commission and capture teachings of use to future generations of policymakers, mediators and peacebuilders – within Myanmar and across the globe.


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A threat to peace

  • The Council on Foreign Relations lists 25 ongoing conflicts.
  • As of today, seven of these conflicts are worsening.

What we did in 2018:

  • The Foundation produced a lessons-learned report on the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, how it operated, and how it arrived at the recommendations aimed at building lasting peace in Rakhine State.
  • This ‘lessons-learned’ report is designed to identify how such a unique approach to peacebuilding can inform other efforts to prevent and resolve conflict in the region and around the world.

What we are doing now:

  • The Foundation receives regular requests to mediate or resolve crises around the world and considers each individually. Some of these crises may require a sustained intervention, as in Myanmar, for example. Others may consist of a limited or discreet diplomatic engagement, public advocacy, or the mobilisation and application of technical expertise.
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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar waiting for food aid in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Editorial credit: Hafiz Johari /