Our Publications



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 >

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 >



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 >

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

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



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 >


Wadahadalada asaasiga ah ee Dowlad Goboleedka Hirshabelle: Talooyin Federaalka ku saabsan oo aay...

Warbixinta Mashruuca

Warbixintaan iyo talooyinka la socdo waxa asal u ah mashruuc aay Berghof Foundation 2015-2016ki ka fulisay Dowlad Goboleedka Hirshabelle. Kaasoo lagu magacaabay “Dhismaha Federaalka ayadoo loo maraayo wadahadalka Dawladaha Hoose”. Hal qeyb oo mashruucaasi ka mid ah waxuu ahaa fulinta shirar lix ah oo kala duwan kuwaasoo muddo lix casho ah socday oo aay ku dhawaad 60 qof ka qeybqaateen. Tani waa warbixin soo koobeyso arimihii ugu muhiimsanaa ee lagu falanqeyay lixdaas shirar oo la xiriira habka Federaalka, doorka aay Dawlad Hoose ku leedahay nidaam Federaal ah iyo sida deg degta ah ee uu Gobolka Hirshabelle ugu baahanyahay xalinta khilaafaadka iyo dib u heshiisiin.

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2016

Our Annual Report provides information about the projects that we have worked ontogether with our partners in 2016. A particular light is shed on our support tonational dialogues, an approach that has raised interest among conflict partiesin countries that are transitioning from an autocratic system to more participatorygovernance.

Collective Trauma and Resilience: Key Concepts in Transforming War-related Identities

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment

This contribution was inspired by Berghof Handbook Dialogue issue no. 11, “Transforming War-related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with the Past” (Austin/Fischer 2016). It offers an additional perspective on transforming-war related identities in the context of protracted violent conflicts.

Grass-Roots Dialogue in Hirshabelle State: Recommendations for Locally-Informed Federalism in...

Project Report

This project report with recommendations has been informed by a project that the Berghof Foundation carried out in 2015-2016 in Hirshabelle State in Somalia entitled “Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue”. One component of this project entailed the implementation of six separate Somali dialogue assemblies – Shirarka – all taking place over six days with approximately 60 participants. This report is a brief summary of the pertinent issues that were discussed at these six assemblies in relation to the federalization process, the role of local government in a federal system, and the urgent need for conflict resolution and reconciliation in Hirshabelle State.

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.