Frequently Asked Questions

The CyberPeace Institute was founded on 26th September 2019.  The Institute was an initiative of several companies and Foundations, (Microsoft, Mastercard, the Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation and Facebook), who provided initial funding.   

We are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland to be close to the international organizations and NGO’s, and to benefit from the neutral and independent status of the host state, Switzerland. [The Institute has a presence in Africa and Latin America through its CyberPeace Builders programme.]

We are funded by voluntary donations from companies, foundations, philanthropy and private individuals.  


When the CyberPeace Institute was founded in 2019 it received initial funding from several corporate donors and foundations. Initial donors were the Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard, Microsoft, the Ford Foundation and Facebook.  


The Institute independently fundraises to support its operations, accepting donations that are compatible with its mission, Principles and standards of due diligence.   

The Institute has a policy to not accept donations from governments, with the exception of the host state, Switzerland.

As of 2021, there are 30 staff employed by the Institute.

Donations to the CyberPeace Institute are used to help our researchers to analyse the impact of cyberattacks on critical sectors, such as attacks on hospitals, and to bring cybersecurity support and training to NGOs. Your support also enables the Institute to raise awareness of the gaps in international laws and norms in cybersecurity and advocate for cyberpeace.

The CyberPeace Institute does not assist individual victims of cyberattacks.  We assist NGOs working in critical sectors where the impact of cyberattacks can impact whole communities. When we are approached by individuals requesting help or support, we endeavour to propose other organizations that may be able to help.

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