Featured Topics

This section focuses on aspects we consider particularly relevant for conflict transformation processes. These topics are closely interlinked with and constantly inspire our work. Apart from summarizing key findings, this section offers useful links to publications, training opportunities, grantmaking and other information relevant to the topic by the Berghof Foundation and its partners.

Feature: Dealing with the Past

In the aftermath of war and armed conflict, societies need to cope with the memory and consequences of past violence. Otherwise there is a high risk that the conflict is kept alive under the surface, ready to escalate anew . more >

Feature: Inclusivity

Social, economic or political exclusion of large segments of society is known to be a key driver of intra-state wars. More inclusive polities and processes therefore are seen as a key element in transitions from violence to peace.  more >

Feature: Youth 2.0

In the peacebuilding field, young people are generally seen as victims, at-risk, perpetrators - or recently as ‘potential’ peacebuilders. What does not get sufficiently highlighted in this youth discourse is the fact that in all conflict contexts, there are invariably young people who build their own peacebuilding initiatives. more >

Feature: Peace Infrastructure

Few would disagree: building peace is most likely to be successful if there are, in any given place, champions, processes and well known structures which take upon themselves the non-violent transformation of conflicts. more >

Feature: Multipartiality

Multipartiality, in contrast to being neutral, refers to being clear on one’s own affiliations and understandings of the conflict at stake. Even more, it calls for making sure that all sides are equally heard and taken along. This is particularly demanding in asymmetric conflict... more >

Feature: National Dialogue

“National Dialogues” are often created to unite countries after a civil war or other violent traumatic experiences. Based on a broad mandate, they bring together relevant national stakeholders and actors. more >

Feature: Insider Mediators

Today, there is a greater appreciation of local, indigenous and insider methods of dealing with conflict – methods that are owned and driven by actors ‘intrinsic’ to the conflict system. more >

Feature: Nonviolence

Nonviolence might be described as a philosophy, arguing that the use of force is morally and politically illegitimate or counterproductive. It might also be described as a practice to achieve social change and face oppression. more >

Feature: Transformative Approaches to Violent Extremism

Violent extremism (VE) has emerged as a new buzz word over the past few years. How to deal with violent extremism, and its protagonists, also emerges as a big challenge for peacebuilders and conflict transformation practitioners. more >