Sustained conflict transformation is always the result of a collaborative effort. For this reason, we work closely with like-minded partners to inspire the constructive engagement of others. We aspire to create spaces for conflict transformation which integrate knowledge, skills and resources in a shared process of reflective learning.
Building Capacities for Engagement
Local needs and requests guide our engagement in selected regions. Receptive to all parties’ interests, we want to create the conditions for conflict stakeholders and actors to safely and constructively engage with one another. For this, we offer our knowledge, skills and resources to build individual and institutional capacities. A targeted grant programme complements our activities. Building bridges between conflict stakeholders and actors, our support is always fair, empathetic and informed by our values.
Supporting Sustained Transformation
There are neither linear blueprints for conflict transformation nor quick fixes. Sustained transformation of violent conflicts means addressing systemic root causes as well as “proxy” causes that emerge from the experience of war. Deconstructing social and political violence depends upon changing stereotyped mindsets, attitudes and behaviours. Providing effective support towards this end requires long-term commitment, as well as persistence despite repeated stalemates, backlashes and moments of reescalation.
Inspiring Reflective Learning
Conflict transformation is a learning process, but it is also learning by doing. Reflective learning enables conflict stakeholders and actors to critically reassess their roles and policies. At the same time, it is essential to develop and improve our work. Therefore, we see ourselves as a learning organisation, providing a collaborative space for experts and partners to learn with and from each other.
For more information, read our Strategic Vision.