Featured Topics

This section focuses on aspects we consider particularly relevant for conflict transformation processes. These topics are closely interlinked with and constantly inspire our work. Apart from summarizing key findings, this section offers useful links to publications, training opportunities, grantmaking and other information relevant to the topic by the Berghof Foundation and its partners.

Feature: Insider Mediators

Today, there is a greater appreciation of local, indigenous and insider methods of dealing with conflict – methods that are owned and driven by actors ‘intrinsic’ to the conflict system. more >

Feature: National Dialogue

“National Dialogues” are often created to unite countries after a civil war or other violent traumatic experiences. Based on a broad mandate, they bring together relevant national stakeholders and actors. more >

Feature: Youth

What keeps young people from becoming victims or perpetrators (e.g. child soldiers or members of urban gangs)? How come, others engage for peace or community development, evolving into key drivers of change? more >

Feature: Nonviolence

Nonviolence might be described as a philosophy, arguing that the use of force is morally and politically illegitimate or counterproductive. It might also be described as a practice to achieve social change and face oppression. more >