The Edith B. Wilkie Grant for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

On March 1, 2010, Ploughshares Fund awarded its first Edith B. Wilkie Grant for Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping to Crisis Group, to support monitoring and reporting on conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

For more than a decade, Ploughshares Fund board member Edith B. Wilkie has been a source of uncommon wisdom, knowledge and leadership on the most important issues Ploughshares Fund addresses.  Upon her retirement from the board in 2009, Edie's colleagues established the first-ever grant program at Ploughshares Fund honoring an individual. 

"Be it resolved," they wrote, "that an annual grant named for Edie Wilkie will be awarded in the area of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding." 

Edie has been a pioneer in exploring the military's role in peacebuilding, in addition to having served as a congressional staff member.  In the late 1970s, she directed Congress' bipartisan Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, and later created the the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.- Soviet Relations, with grants from Ploughshares Fund.