Our Publications

Through our public resources we provide manifold insights from our work. Our intention is to create mutually inspiring exchanges between academics, practitioners, teachers and trainers in the field of conflict transformation. Our Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation offers a distinct platform for international exchange and creative discussions. We also run several publication series: the Berghof Papers, Berghof Policy Briefs, as well as the Berghof Educational series. In addition, we also release multimedia materials and provide input papers, project reports and other resources, which we feel are useful to our partners in the field. Our resources can be purchased in our shop. Most publications are also available as free downloads.

Conflict sensitive refugee assistance (engl.)

Educational & Multimedia

Documentation of project activities “Nonviolent Education in Jordan 2016”


Author
Dagmar Nolden & Cassandra Schützko
Languages
English
Year
2016
Format
DINA4

National Dialogue Handbook. A Guide for Practitioners


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, the Handbook also seeks to provide an overview of National Dialogue processes, drawing from the expertise and practices of scholars and practitioners.

Conceptual and Case Studies >


Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Dealing with the Past. Supporting people-centred “working-through” the legacies of violence

Policy Brief No. 6

This policy brief hones in on the specific ways in which a people-centred approach to dealing with the past can be built from the ground up,complementing the previous Berghof Policy Brief no. 5. It works through the commonalities and differences between transitional justice,reconciliation and dealing with the past; and puts emphasis on the dual roles of the victims and their potential in either escalating or de-escalating violent approaches to conflict.


Author
Beatrix Austin
Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Hitting the target but missing the point?

Assessing donor support for inclusive and legitimate politics in fragile societies

The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding’s ‘New Deal for engagement in Fragile States’ (“New Deal”) of late 2011 promised an end to ‘business as usual’ with regard to development efforts in fragile environments. This report takes stock of the question of how bilateral and multilateral donors have conceptualized and implemented their commitment to promote ‘legitim ate and inclusive political settlements and conflict resolution’ (PSG1). On the basis of empirical evidence acquired through case studies in Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Timor-Leste, the report finds that, at best, donors work with an incomplete and inadequate understanding of the typically fragmented and highly contested politics of fragile societies beyond the formal representatives of their governments and administrations.


Author
Erwin van Veen & Véronique Dudouet.
Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch

Educational & Multimedia

Jedes Jahr veröffentlichen fünf Friedensforschungsinstitute in Deutschland ein Friedensgutachten. Die Berghof Foundation (Programm Friedenspädagogik und Globales Lernen) hat zum zweiten Mal ein pädagogisch-didaktisches Begleitmaterial erarbeitet und veröffentlicht: Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch. Das Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch setzt sich insbesondere mit den Themen Flucht(ursachen), Kleinwaffen-/Rüstungsexport, Schutzverantwortung (Responsibility to Protect) sowie Radikalisierung/“Islamischer Staat“ auseinander. Es wendet sich vor allem an Schulen (Sekundarstufe II) und macht diese brandaktuellen, gesellschaftlich kontrovers diskutierten Herausforderungen mit Texten, Fotos, Karikaturen und Arbeitshinweisen als didaktische Handreichung zugänglich. Die Broschüre entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH) und wurde von der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung gefördert.Es wird eine Schutzgebühr von 5,00€ erhoben.


Author
Julia Oschinski & Nadine Ritzi
Languages
Deutsch
Year
2017
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Price in €
5.00

OSCE support to Insider Mediation. Strengthening mediation capacities, networking and complementarity


Strengthening mediation capacities, networking and complementarity


Author
Mir Mubashir, Engjellushe Morina, Luxshi Vimalarajah
Languages
English
Mediatype
PDF

Post-war Political Settlements: From Participatory Transition Processes to Inclusive State-building and Governance

Research Report

This publication presents results of the research project “Avoiding Conflict Relapse through Inclusive Political Settlements and State-building after Intra-State War: Opportunities, Approaches and Lessons Learned.”

More IPS publications>

Research Report in Spanish>



Author
Véronique Dudouet & Stina Lundström
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Price in €
7.50

“Undeclared Wars”– Exploring a Peacebuilding Approach to Armed Social Violence

Handbook Dialogue Series No. 12 - complete

In some countries, more civilians are being killed by armed gangs and criminal organisations than in traditional combat. Still, these pockets of armed social violence – "undeclared wars" marked, among other things, by criminal, gang and/or urban violence as well as extremist violence – have long received much less attention than politically motivated forms of armed conflicts. As their effects — social-political destabilisation, in some cases coinciding with high numbers of victims — are becoming more pressing, national and international actors have begun addressing the phenomenon.

In this 12th Berghof Handbook Dialogue, the authors of the lead article, Bernardo Arévalo de León and Ana Glenda Tager, argue that the inclusive and participatory methodologies offered by peacebuilding provide an operational strategy that would allow the international community to engage successfully with issues of armed social violence.Five sets of respondents explore the actors, factors and dynamics of violence in different settings (among them Colombia, the UK, Nigeria, Mexico, Myanmar and Guinea-Bissau). They debate issues as diverse as the inter-connectedness of political, social and private violence, the need to work closely with government agencies, civil society and agents of violence, as well as the merits of specific participatory methodologies. They discuss what peacebuilding and other initiatives have achieved, and where they have fallen short. The Dialoge is rounded out by an introduction by the editors and a "response to the respondents by the lead authors".



Author
Barbara Unger, Véronique Dudouet, Matteo Dressler and Beatrix Austin (Eds.)
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Price in €
7.50

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2015


Our 2015 annual report lays out some of the activities implemented by our organisation and highlights key achievements of our work over the past year. It illustrates the manifold approaches that we employ as we support our partners in their efforts to transform violent conflicts and engage in cooperation towards peace.

Publisher
Berghof Foundation
Languages
English
Year
2016
Reconciliation, Reward, and Revenge: Analyzing Syrian De-Escalation Dynamics through Local Ceasefire Negotiations

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.


Author
Samer Araabi & Leila Hilal
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Infrastructures for Peace: Approaches and Lessons Learned


UNDP website >

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).



Author
Hans J. Giessmann
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Interdependency and Interference: The Wayuu’s Normative System and State-based Conflict Resolution in Colombia

Colombia Case Study Report

This report is part of a wider comparative research project on “Peaceful Coexistence? ‘Traditional’ and ‘Non-traditional’ Conflict Resolution Mechanisms” to analyze the patterns of coexistence between ‘traditional’ (indigenous, local, community-based) and ‘non-traditional’ (imported, liberal, state-based, Western) approaches to conflict resolution. It addresses findings on the coexistence between the indigenous system of conflict resolution of Colombia’s most populous indigenous community, the Wayuu, and state-based intervention to solve conflicts over land within La Guajira department.


Author
Katrin Planta
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Inclusivity in National Dialogues. Guaranteeing Social Integration or Preserving Old Power Hierarchies?

IPS Background Paper No.1

Analysing the role and meaning of inclusivity in the context of different National Dialogue processes around the world, this paper addresses five core dilemmas of National Dialogue processes, including tensions related to effectiveness, representation, legitimacy, power balances and ownership. The paper concludes by drawing a balance between the challenges and benefits of inclusivity in National Dialogues. More IPS publications >



Author
Katrin Planta, Vanessa Prinz & Luxshi Vimalarajah
Languages
English
Year
2015
Mediatype
PDF

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


UNDP website >

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.



Author
Véronique Dudouet, Katrin Planta and Hans J. Giessmann
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

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

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.


Author
Beatrix Austin & Martina Fischer (Eds.)
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Format
DinA4

Price in €
7.50

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

Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Project. Scoping Study

Author
Véronique Dudouet & Matteo Dressler
Publisher
WOSCAP
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Assessing EU Support to Governance Reform

Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Project. Scoping Study

Author
Stina Lundström & Matteo Dressler
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

BASELINE STUDY: Tradition- & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators (TFIMs) in Conflict Transformation Potential, Constraints, & Opportunities for Collaborative Support

Synopsis

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.


Author
Mir Mubashir & Luxshi Vimalarajah
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Krieg und Flucht im Unterricht

Educational & Multimedia

Zum ersten Mal seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg waren 2014 über 50 Millionen Menschen weltweit auf der Flucht. Die Folgen sind auch in Deutschland spürbar. Lehrerinnen und Lehrer sehen sich vor neue Herausforderung gestellt, denn eine wachsende Zahl von Kindern und Jugendlichen ist selbst aus Kriegsregionen geflohen oder hat Verwandte oder Freundinnen und Freunde dort. Für viele Schülerinnen und Schüler ist es aufgrund ihrer emotionalen Betroffenheit, der hohen Komplexität des Themas und der Nachrichtenvielfalt schwierig, Informationen über aktuelle Kriege und Fluchthintergründe weltweit einzuordnen. Hier setzt das vorliegende, für die Sekundarstufe I entwickelte Lehrmedium an. Es leistet mit einem biographisch orientierten Ansatz einen authentischen Beitrag zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema „Krieg und Flucht“ in Unterricht und Schule.


Author
Verena Brenner
Languages
German
Year
2014
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Format
DINA4

Price in €
10.00

Streitkultur - Eine Bilderbox. Konflikteskalation und Konfliktbearbeitung

Educational & Multimedia

Die Plakatserie wurde speziell für die Bildungsarbeit entwickelt. Plakate und Bildkarten sind Hilfsmittel um die Dynamik von Konflikten verständlich zu machen und Anhaltspunkte für Möglichkeiten der konstruktiven Bearbeitung aufzuzeigen. Die Bilder sind symbolhafte Verdichtungen, die sowohl auf der individuellen, der gesellschaftlichen als auch auf der internationalen Ebene verstanden werden können. Die Bilderbox enthält die Plakate Streitkultur und Konfliktlösung.


Author
Günther Gugel & Uli Jäger
Languages
German
Year
2015
Mediatype
Imagebox

Format
6. Auflage, Eine Bilderbox (30,4 cm x 21,5 cm) enthält: 2 Plakate (DIN A1, vierfarbig), 9 Bilder (DIN A4, vierfarbig), Anleitung zum Einsatz.

Price in €
20.40

Organisations under pressure but powering on - the psychosocial approach within integrated management of threat

A model for human rights organisations and donor organisations

This guide offers a model and elaborates its recommendations for threatened human rights organisations and donor organisations on dealing with threat in an integrated manner. It specifically focuses on incorporating a psychosocial approach into the organisations’ routines, spaces and structures as a crucial element of integrated threat management. Drawing together lessons and insights from a joint learning process within the framework of the project “MAPA”, it emphasises how HRO and donors can work together towards achieving this goal. The guide is meant to help initiate a change process and stimulate further engagement with the topic, thereby seeking to contribute to maintaining human rights organisations’ scope for action in violent contexts. Understood as complementary to existing literature, this interactive guide provides links to other publications on the topic.


Author
Antonia Montanus, Nele Rathke, Barbara Unger
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Title

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. “Post-Junta” Judicial Reform in Myanmar (2010 – 2015)

This publication assesses ongoing and substantive developments towards rule of law and access to justice within the first ‘post-junta’ period (2010-2015) in Myanmar.The paper finds that while there have been some areas of increased freedoms in the country, the judicial system has largely persisted unaltered, remaining poisoned with impunity and lacking true independence. The failure of the first post-junta government to reform the legal system has left the country morally bankrupt and institutionally insolvent.

Tunisia’s 2013 National Dialogue: Political Crisis Management

National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies

This publication is one of seven case studies; others include Guatemala, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nepal, and Sudan. The case studies provide recommendations for on-going processes in the specific country and inform the Handbook’s findings. The overall aim of the project is to improve National Dialogues and enhance the capacities and contributions of conflict parties, local stakeholders and external actors towards their successful implementation.

National Dialogue Handbook. A guide for practitioners. Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Grounded in a series of contemporary case studies, this Handbook aims to contribute to the nascent de-bate about National Dialogue, bringing together in-sights and expertise from diverse regions. The pur-pose of the Handbook is twofold: (1) to offer an ana-lytical framework of National Dialogues and (2) to serve as a practical tool for those engaged in the im-plementation of these processes. It also addresses the role of external actors and how they can best support National Dialogue processes, but it is focused primari-ly on those who are in the driver’s seat when it comes to decisions on the design, conduct and implementa-tion of National Dialogue processes.

Manual de Diálogos Nacionales. Guía para practicantes

Resumen ejecutivo

Basado en una serie de casos prácticos actuales, este Manual pretende contribuir al debate incipiente sobre el Diálogo Nacional, aportando percepciones y experiencias de diversas regiones. El Manual tiene un doble propósito: (1) ofrecer un marco analítico de Diálogos Nacionales y (2) servir de instrumento práctico para aquellos que participan en la implementación de estos procesos. También aborda el rol de los actores externos y cómo estos pueden respaldar mejor los procesos relativos a los Diálogos Nacionales, pero, en particular, se centra en aquellos que llevan la batuta de la toma de decisiones con respecto al diseño y a la dirección e implementación de los procesos de los Diálogos Nacionales.

Manuel de dialogue national. Guide à l’attention des praticiens

Résumé analytique

Basé sur une série d’études de cas contemporains, ce manuel aspire à contribuer au débat naissant sur le dialogue national, en faisant se rencontrer les pers-pectives et les expertises de diverses régions. Le but du manuel est double : (1) offrir un cadre analytique aux dialogues nationaux et (2) servir d’outil pratique à ceux qui sont engagés dans la mise en œuvre de ces processus. Il traite également du rôle des acteurs extérieurs et des meilleures façons dont ils peuvent soutenir les processus de dialogues nationaux. Il se concentre cependant principalement sur ceux qui sont aux postes de commande quand il s’agit de prendre les décisions sur la conception, la conduite et la mise en œuvre des processus de dialogues nationaux.

Sudan's National Dialogue Conference: The Permissible Questions

National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies

This case study is elaborating on the details of the new National Dialogue process in Sudan, exploring its prospects & trying to see how it differs from the previous attempts & what the lessons it will draw from them, and to see if it is capable to avoid the junctions of failure connected with those previous dialogue processes.

Dilemmas of ownership, inclusivity, legitimacy and power: towards transformative National Dialogue...

National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptual Studies

This paper takes a broad look at some of the decisive qualities needed to underpin more transformative national dialogue processes. It focuses on ownership, inclusion, legitimacy and shifting power dynamics among the key parties and the groups that comprise the society. Each of these qualities is explored conceptually and empirically. Drawing on multiple case studies, learning points are drawn out with the aim of sensitising practitioners to the importance of these qualities so they can cultivate them through strategies and practices in supporting national dialogue.

National Dialogues and Development

National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptual Studies

The article considers the potential for National Dialogues to create substantial development outcomes that go beyond immediate political and security settlements. Using insights from various National Dialogue processes, the conditions, dynamics and potential barriers to these outcomes are explored. The article also describes entry points and strategies for external development actors to contribute to the attainment of substantial development outcomes in transition processes that include National Dialogues.

The Lebanese National Dialogue: Past and present experience of consensus-building

National Dialogue Handbook. Case Studies

This paper looks at the National Dialogue experience of Lebanon. National Dialogues have been part of the country’s political and social fabric. They have served as an important consensus-building mechanism for core political actors to address issues of common national concern. The paper provides a snapshot of the history of National Dialogues in Lebanon during the civil war and onwards, followed by an assessment of aspects of the National Dialogue from 2008-2014, addressing its composition, themes, outcomes, support mechanisms, and consensus-building principles. It concludes with a more general reflection about challenges and dilemmas of the Lebanese National Dialogue.

National Dialogues and Constitution Making

National Dialogue Handbook. Conceptional Studies

National Dialogues and constitution-making processes are increasingly part of political settlements. This paper focuses on the relationship between dialogues and constitution-making processes but also explores the relationship between dialogues and state institutions (such as the legislature, executive and judiciary) and state processes (elections). Both National Dialogues and constitution-making processes occur in a wide variety of circumstances and take many different forms so it is hard to generalize about their form and roles. However, although Dialogues often engage in constitutional issues, they generally do not produce final constitutions. The paper suggests that aspects of most constitution-making processes, such as a level procedural formality, greater technical expertise and, sometimes, greater formal legitimacy, explain why they and not dialogues are used for constitution-making. It also explores ways in which dialogue decisions may be followed up in a constitution-making process or by state institutions. It concludes with lessons for National Dialogues from constitution-making processes.