Books

The Books category contains works co-authored and co-edited by Berghof staff, which have been published in collaboration with external publishing houses.

Books published by our Peace Education & Global Learning programme you also find in Education and Multimedia.

Handbook

Handbook

The Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation is our flagship publication. Continuously updated, this renowned resource offers an online platform for both academics and practitioners to discuss new ideas and exchange experiences in the field of conflict transformation. It presents stand-alone articles as well as scholar-practitioner dialogues. more >

Papers

Papers

Berghof Papers cover policy, research and practice reports and contain selected in-depth contributions to the fields we work on. They are written by Berghof staff and invited affiliates, partners and guest researchers. more >

Transitions Series

Transitions Series

The Berghof Transitions Series includes case studies initially produced within the framework of the Berghof research project “Resistance/Liberation Movements and Transitions to Politics: Building a Network of Experience”. more >

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Berghof Policy Briefs present commentary on conflict-related political issues and events. The short online format focuses on policy recommendations for political decision-makers, opinion-formers and influential civil society actors. more >

Educational & Multimedia

Educational & Multimedia

Berghof Educational & Multimedia presents teaching and training manuals as well as learning materials for working with and qualifying multipliers in our fields (teachers, workshop participants, etc.). We also produce, in cooperation with external experts, multimedia materials (videos, podcasts, DVDs, cartoons, posters, e-learning courses, etc.). more >

Glossary

Glossary

The 2012 Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation defines and discusses 20 core terms related to conflict transformation, which shape the work of the Berghof Foundation. more >

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Our annual reports feature highlights and provide background information on the Berghof Foundation’s work and structure more >

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Reconciliation, Reward, and Revenge: Analyzing Syrian De-Escalation Dynamics through Local Ceasefire...

Berghof Grantee Publication

Samer Araabi’s and Leila Hilal’s innovative report focuses on one prominent framework for local mediation and de-escalation in Syria: local ceasefire negotiations. Based on research conducted between mid-2014 and March 2016, their report presents four in-depth cases of ceasefire negotiations that have taken place inside Syria since 2012. It explains the environment in which these negotiations occurred and offers observations on the obstacles and shortcomings they faced.

Pragmatism and Mistrust: The Interaction of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Liberia

Liberia Case Study Report

This report addresses findings generated from the Liberia case study on the coexistence of various conflict resolution systems in Liberia. Besides the traditional system of chiefs and elders, there are state-based mechanisms such as the formal justice system and the Peacebuilding Office, and various third-party initiatives, including the work of many different NGOs. The study comes to the conclusion that the interaction and even cooperation of conflict resolution mechanisms in Liberia is happening on a massive scale, and provides recommendations on how this cooperation could be significantly improved.

Tradition- & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators (TFIMs) in Conflict Transformation Potential,...

The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers publication 1

On the basis of empirical knowledge acquired through case studies in Myanmar (Burma), Southern Thailand, Lebanon, Colombia, Kenya and Mali, this study conceptualises and contextualises a specific set of religious and traditional peacemakers as tradition- & faith-oriented insider mediators (TFIMs). In considering their peace mediation roles, potential and the constraints under which they work, it also reflects on the opportunities for collaborative support linking various actors within conflict contexts.

From Power Mediation to Dialogue Facilitation: Assessing the European Union’s Approach to Multi-...

Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Project. Scoping Study

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Assessing EU Support to Governance Reform

Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Project. Scoping Study

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Armed Social Violence and Peacebuilding: Towards an operational approach

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 12 - lead article

Lead article to our next Handbook Dialogue on "Undeclared wars – Exploring a peacebuilding approach to armed social violence", edited by Barbara Unger, Veronique Dudouet, Matteo Dressler and Beatrix Austin.This paper proposes that the inclusive and participatory methodologies offered by peacebuilding approaches provide an operational strategy that allows the international community to engage effectively with issues of armed social violence. Instead of the reliance on theoretically grounded conceptual frameworks and internationally defined generic policies, the dialogue and research methodologies of peacebuilding allow the development of a highly granular, context-specific understanding of the social dynamics of each phenomenon and mobilise stakeholders to take collaborative and complementary action across the state-society divide.

The Political Transformation of Armed and Banned Groups: Lessons Learned and Implications for...

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The paper provides key insight on the factors that might explain why some armed groups undergo effective transformations from engaging in war and violence to participating in peaceful political processes, while others fail to implement or consolidate their political project. Highlighting the critical role played by the UN system in these contexts, in particular peacekeeping and political missions, it argues that development actors operating globally, such as UNDP, are also well placed to bring a broad range of expertise and instruments when supporting these transformative processes. However, it underscores that enhancing inter-agency collaboration between UNDP and actors directly involved in political processes will be essential in supporting this work, citing the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention as a particularly effective mechanism in this regard.

Transforming War-Related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with...

Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - complete

This Handbook Dialogue is dedicated to Dan Bar-On, who spent most of his life reflecting on practical approaches for dealing with the past and exploring how people whose lives and identities have been shattered by violence come to live a decent life again.

Keywords: dealing with the past, transitional justice, healing, identity

Infrastructures for Peace: Approaches and Lessons Learned

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This paper provides key insights on the concept, design and tailoring of I4P processes to national contexts. It also looks at the experiences of five different countries where efforts were made to nurture such peace structures - South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia, Nepal and Thailand (Deep South), and provides comparative insight from the design and implementation of particular components of I4P, in particular national dialogues, local peace committees and insider mediation. Finally, it elaborates on recommendations to improve the role UNDP can play in promoting and supporting I4P- both in conceptual terms and in practice.It was published in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

Mediator Orang Dalam Menjelajahi Peran Kunci mereka dalam Proses Perdamaian Informal

This translation of a report sheds light on a key set of actors in peace processes: insider mediators. It is based on the experience that most official peace processes are initiated orsupplemented by informal, non official peace processes, and that such processes are often facilitated by people from the conflict regions, with in-depth knowledge and great dedication to work on the conflict.In order to explore the specific role, potential and limitations of local and regional “insider” mediators in today’s peace processes, the Berghof Foundation (then BPS) in cooperation with the Mediation Support Project of Swisspeace/CSS-ETH Zurich invited a dozen insider mediators from different parts of the world (Algeria, Burundi,D. R. Congo, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia,Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Uganda).