In 2004, the Flemish Peace Institute was established as a paraparliamentary organisation within the Flemish Parliament. On the initiative of the members of the Sub-commission on Arms Trade, the decree establishing the Flemish Institute for Peace and Prevention of Violence was adopted with a large majority of votes by the plenary session of Parliament on 5 May 2004. The decree determines the four tasks of the Institute. For its operation, the Peace Institute receives a working allowance from the Flemish Parliament.
The Peace Institute consists of a Board of Directors, a Scientific Council and a Scientific Secretariat. The broad civil society of Flanders is represented in the Board of Directors and the internationally assembled Scientific Council supervises the research activities of the Scientific Secretariat.
The Board of Directors converted the tasks of the Peace Institute into a mission statement: In order to contribute to a more peaceful society, in Flanders and worldwide, it is necessary to thoroughly examine and analyse developments related to peace and conflict and, following an open debate, to take steps to achieve this goal. The Peace Institute presents in-depth analyses, provides information and organises debates on these issues, and recommends measures to promote peace and prevent violence.
The Peace Institute offers internships.