Transforming protracted sociopolitical conflicts requires the active participation of all stakeholders willing and able to bring about behavioural, relational and structural change. This programme builds on our long-standing experience in analysing and engaging with civil society actors and resistance/liberation movements in war-affected or post-war regions. Its central aim is to support the active participation of conflict stakeholders, both armed and unarmed, in inclusive processes of nonviolent resistance and conflict transformation. It does so by conducting collaborative research, offering capacity-building assistance and providing policy advice regarding the roles of formal and informal actors as peace- and state-building agents in asymmetric state-society conflicts.
Nonviolent Resistance and Democratic Consolidation This research project aims to address the long-term impact of nonviolent resistance on the consolidation of democracy. It seeks to contribute towards a theory of resistance and political change. more >
Women as Post-War Community Leaders This project seeks to contribute to the empowerment of women (formerly) associated with non-state armed groups as post-war local political or socio-economic leaders. more >
Fostering Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan The overall goal of this project is to support Afghan-driven efforts to resolve the protracted conflict and to restore sustainable peace. The project focuses on supporting the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) in its role to coordinate and manage the peace process and other relevant government institutions and, in doing so, to build bridges between the Afghan government and the society as well as the government and opposition groups. more >
Radical Islamist armed groups – (De)escalation trajectories and dialogue options The project aims to advance knowledge on the patterns, critical junctures and factors of conflict (de)escalation of radical Islamist armed groups (RIAGs). It also seeks to explore the role of ‘soft power’ dialogue engagement by third-parties. more >
Preventing Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans This participatory research project is conducted together with partner organisations based in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia. more >
Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue in Somalia This project aims to assist the citizens of Hirshabelle to build or restore constructive relationships with each other. Our idea is to take the knowledge base and experience present in the communities and add practical skills in mediation and dialogue facilitation through training and joint learning with important stakeholders and chosen multipliers. more >
Whole-Of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (WOSCAP) The EU and its member states will increasingly be faced with issues of conflict and fragility in the coming years. This collaborative research project examines how to enhance the European Union’s capabilities for supporting sustainable and inclusive peacebuilding processes. more >
In addition to our project work, this programme is also very active in the fields of training, teaching, publishing, consulting and providing policy advice. Thus, we recently edited a book on the factors of transition from armed to nonviolent insurgencies and regularly edit the Berghof Foundation’s publication series “Resistance/liberation movement and transitions to politics” (Transitions Series).
We provide bilateral technical support to political leaders and peacebuilding practitioners in conflict-affected regions such as Colombia, Nepal, the Basque Country and the Palestinian territories, and also offered capacity-building assistance to the Afghan High Peace Council (see Completed Projects). In collaboration with colleagues from the Dialogue, Mediation & Peace Support Structures programme, we facilitate annual negotiation trainings for members of resistance/liberation movements (see From Other Programmes). In addition, we conduct and support research and policy dissemination activities on the impact of terrorist proscription on conflict transformation efforts. We have also conducted various consultancy studies and assignments for inter-governmental agencies such as the European Parliament, European Commission, UNDP and UN Staff College.
Programme director Véronique Dudouet represents the Berghof Foundation at relevant international academic events and teaches classes and modules for students and practitioners on various topics linked to non-state armed groups, civil resistance and conflict transformation. She is also an academic advisor for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (Washington).