Collaborative support for mediation processes, mediators, and mediation-teams can contribute to the improvement of the conditions for long-term and sustainable peace. Our mediation support activities provide operational support for learning processes and assist the processing and dissemination of knowledge. They contribute to empowerment and development of competencies through workshops, trainings and coaching on methodology and practical mediation skills, and by offering support and advice on the setup or development of sustainable support structures, including the establishment of mediation at the political level. Our mediation support function is reinforced by our engagement in related networks like the Mediation Support Network (MSN) or the Initiative Mediation Support Germany. Additionally, we are active in constant conceptual innovation of dialogue and mediation formats.
These roundtables offer decision-makers and experts an informal platform to discuss topical challenges and innovations in the field of mediation and mediation support and develop policy recommendations. The Roundtables are attended by parliamentarians, staff members of relevant ministries, especially the Foreign Office, as well as renowned experts. To ensure a lively and open discussion, the Roundtables are held under the Chatham House Rule. more >
Negotiation is the most effective means of mitigating conflicts. Support for negotiation between conflict parties involves facilitating the process of structuring and analysing the conflict, understanding the power dynamics, interests and needs, fostering engagement and communication, and determining feasible and efficient alternatives. Our activities in this area focus on negotiation training and process support to resistance and liberation movements (RLMs) in transition. Our objective is to improve the framework conditions for political solutions to violent conflict by enhancing the negotiation capacities of these widely overlooked conflict actors.
Conflict transformation requires building up the organisational and structural capacities of conflict parties and stakeholders. Establishing peace infrastructure involves the development of mechanisms for cooperation among all relevant stakeholders, including the government, by promoting cooperative problem-solving, and institutionalising a response mechanism to violent conflict. The objective is to assist the parties (e.g. through the provision of knowledge or advice), the process (e.g. through mediation between the conflict parties, mediation support or facilitation of public participation), or the implementation of process results (e.g. through monitoring and support of agreement implementation).
The overall goal of this project is to support Afghan-driven efforts to resolve the protracted conflict and to restore sustainable peace. The project focuses on supporting the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) in its role to coordinate and manage the peace process and other relevant government institutions and, in doing so, to build bridges between the Afghan government and the society as well as the government and opposition groups. more >
Research and practice need to go hand in hand and inform one another. Our practical work in this programme is complemented by research to conceptualise, create new knowledge and inform policy-making on inclusive formats for dialogue, mediation, negotiation and infrastructures for peace. The current foci of this programme component are National Dialogues and Insider Peacebuilders/Mediators.
Through studying a number of country cases, reviewing existing literature from each field and facilitating discussions between experts and practitioners, the project aims to increase knowledge and understanding about the intersection of peacemaking - with a focus on mediation - and constitution making, and to strengthen collaboration between the two fields more >