National Dialogue Handbook

Grounded in a series of contemporary case studies, this Handbook aims to contribute to the nascent debate about National Dialogue, bringing together insights and expertise from diverse regions. In doing so, it seeks to present systematic reflections and offer practical advice.

The Handbook thus supports conflict stake-holders and practitioners (both local and international) to grapple with the challenges they face and to pursue the most appropriate design for their particular context. Moving beyond simplistic approaches, it also seeks to provide an overview of National Dialogue processes, drawing from the expertise and practices of scholars and practitioners.

National Dialogue Handbook.
A Guide for Practitioners

Berlin: Berghof Foundation 2017.

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Conceptual Studies & Case Studies

  • Catherine Barnes: Dilemmas of ownership, inclusivity, legitimacy and power: towards transformative National Dialogue processes.. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptual Studies. PDF >
  • Henrik Hartmann: National Dialogues and Development. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptual Studies. PDF >
  • Christina Murray : National Dialogues and Constitution Making. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptional Studies. PDF >
  • Elshafie Khidir Saeid: Sudan's National Dialogue Conference: The Permissible Questions. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies. PDF >
  • Martin Wählisch: The Lebanese National Dialogue: Past and present experience of consensus-building. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies. PDF >
  • Ousmane Sy, Ambroise Dakouo and Kadari Traoré: National Dialogue in Mali. Lessons from the 1991 National Conference for the Nascent Conference of National Understanding. 2016. National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies. PDF >
  • Ousmane Sy, Ambroise Dakouo et Kadari Traoré: Dialogue National au Mali Leçons de la Conférence Nationale de 1991 pour le processus de sortie de crise. 2016. Manuel sur le Dialogue National. Étude de Cas. PDF >
  • Bishnu Raj Upreti & Bishnu Sapkota swisspeace: Observations and Reflections on the Peace and Constitution-Making Process. Case Study on Nepal. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies. PDF >
  • Centro de Estudios de Guatemala (CEG) swisspeace: Observations and Reflections on the Negotiation and National Dialogue Process. Case Study on Guatemala. 2017. National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies. PDF >