This short publication, Laying the Foundations for Peace: a policy contribution 2016, represents some of our thinking on the way forward and is a sister publication to Ten years of Peacebuilding Work in Conflict Regions: Reflections of Foundations for Peace Network Members. Both are presented as materials to promote discussion and exchange at our conference and events in the EFC Philanthropy House, Brussels, in November 2016, to mark our 10th anniversary. Both are drawn from the combined experiences and reflections of the members of the FFP (Foundations for Peace) Network. The member foundations are indigenous to, and proactively working in, societies that have been deeply impacted by violent conflict and communal division. All are deeply committed to the empowerment of local communities to develop sustainable peacebuilding and conflict resolution solutions to local conflict.