Policy Briefs

Commentary on conflict-related political issues and events, with a focus on policy recommendations for political decision-makers, opinion-formers and influential civil society actors.

Handbook

Handbook

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 >

Papers

Papers

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 >

Glossary

Glossary

The Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation defines and discusses 20 core terms related to conflict transformation, which shape the work of the Berghof Foundation. more >

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Critical substantive issues at the nexus of peacemaking and constitution-building

Mediation and constitutional processes are tasked with transforming the root causes of protracted societal conflicts, as well as redressing abuses of power and human suffering caused by conflict. This paper examines the most critical substantive or thematic issues which lie at the heart of both peacemaking and constitution-building endeavours: inclusive political governance; territory and power; security sector reform and governance; and transitional justice. The report then concludes by proposing a number of approaches and strategies to address some of these challenges, based on lessons learnt from past experiences and expert interviews.

Refugees as agents for peace: Reflecting on the implementation of peace education formats in...

This publication aims at outlining and reflecting on the principles that guided the implementation of project activities based on the information and data generated through monitoring and evaluation. It focuses primarily on the format of the qualification courses on “Building Peace from the Inside Out.” The first section begins with some basic information on Syrian refugees in Jordan. It continues outlining the Berghof Foundation’s take on peace education in the refugee camp settings. A short summary of the three peace education formats developed by Berghof Foundation’s Peace Education & Global Learning programme in close cooperation with its local team members and partner, Relief International Jordan’s Education programme follows. The paper then closes with a reflection on ten guiding principles for developing and implementing peace education formats in refugee camps. Derived from the more than three years work experience in the Jordanian context, those notions might be valuable in other contexts too.

Citizenship and nonviolent education in Jordan: Curriculum and manual for universities

Educational & Multimedia

Which are the basic ideas behind this curriculum and manual? Linking citizenship to personal identity and the ability to find orientation in the globalized world is very important. We are convinced, that educational concepts such as citizenship education, global learning and nonviolent education can make a huge contribution to this. Which are the essential elements of these important concepts?

I Have To Speak: Voices of Female Ex-Combatants from Aceh, Burundi, Mindanao and Nepal (Mindanao...

This booklet seeks to amplify some of the hidden and forgotten voices in conflict. These stories of female ex-combatants from diverse political, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds show that women and their experiences of armed conflict have to be taken seriously for building sustainable peace. These are their stories as they tell them to each other. Six ex-combatant women collected the stories, reflecting as they did so on their reasons for joining the movements, their time as women in war, and how their lives unfolded once peace was restored. Theirs are stories of friendship and camaraderie, of life and death, of perseverance and resistance, and of rebuilding lives after war and continuing the struggle in peaceful ways.

I Have To Speak: Voices of Female Ex-Combatants from Aceh, Burundi, Mindanao and Nepal

This booklet seeks to amplify some of the hidden and forgotten voices in conflict. These stories of female ex-combatants from diverse political, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds show that women and their experiences of armed conflict have to be taken seriously for building sustainable peace. These are their stories as they tell them to each other. Six ex-combatant women collected the stories, reflecting as they did so on their reasons for joining the movements, their time as women in war, and how their lives unfolded once peace was restored. Theirs are stories of friendship and camaraderie, of life and death, of perseverance and resistance, and of rebuilding lives after war and continuing the struggle in peaceful ways.

Il Faut Que Je Parle: Paroles d'Anciennes Combattantes d'Aceh, du Burundi, de Mindanao et du...

Cette brochure cherche à amplifier certaines des voix cachées et oubliées dans les conflits. Ces histoires d'ex-combattantes d'origines politiques, religieuses, ethniques et nationales diverses montrent que les femmes et leurs expériences des conflits armés doivent être prises au sérieux pour construire une paix durable. Ce sont leurs histoires telles qu'elles se les racontent. Six ex-combattantes ont recueilli ces histoires, réfléchissant ainsi aux raisons qui les ont poussées à rejoindre les mouvements, à l'époque où elles étaient des femmes dans la guerre et à la façon dont leur vie s'est déroulée une fois la paix rétablie. Ce sont des histoires d'amitié et de camaraderie, de vie et de mort, de persévérance et de résistance, et de reconstruction de vies après la guerre et de poursuite de la lutte de manière pacifique.

Saya Harus Bicara: Suara Para Perempuan Eks-kombatan dari Aceh, Burundi, Mindanao dan Nepal

Buku ini bertujuan untuk menguatkan suara dari kisah-kisah yang tersembunyi dan terlupakan dalam konflik. Kisah-kisah dari para perempuan eks-kombatan dari beragam latar belakang politik, agama, etnis dan bangsa ini menunjukkan bahwa perempuan dan pengalaman mereka dalam konflik bersenjata harus disimak dengan serius jika hendak membangun perdamaian yang berkelanjutan. Ini adalah kisah mereka sebagaimana yang dituturkan mereka kepada satu sama lain. Enam perempuan eks-kombatan mengumpulkan narasi, merefleksikan alasan mereka bergabung ke dalam gerakan, masa yang mereka lalui sebagai perempuan di peperangan, dan bagaimana hidup mereka terbentang begitu damai terwujud. Kisah mereka adalah tentang persahabatan dan kebersamaan, hidup dan mati, kegigihan dan perlawanan, serta membangun ulang kehidupan setelah perang dan melanjutkan perjuangan dengan cara-cara damai.

I Have To Speak: Voices of Female Ex-Combatants from Aceh, Burundi, Mindanao and Nepal (नेपाली भाषा)

NE नेपाली भाषा: This booklet seeks to amplify some of the hidden and forgotten voices in conflict. These stories of female ex-combatants from diverse political, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds show that women and their experiences of armed conflict have to be taken seriously for building sustainable peace. These are their stories as they tell them to each other. Six ex-combatant women collected the stories, reflecting as they did so on their reasons for joining the movements, their time as women in war, and how their lives unfolded once peace was restored. Theirs are stories of friendship and camaraderie, of life and death, of perseverance and resistance, and of rebuilding lives after war and continuing the struggle in peaceful ways.

(Ne pas) dialoguer avec les groupes « jihadistes » au Mali ? Étude de Cas

Au Mali, dès la fin de l’année 2012, la question du dialogue avec les groupes d’expression jihadiste, labélisés terroristes, a constitué une sorte de zone grise, voir un tabou qui cristallise et interroge les contradictions normatives et pratiques des régimes d’exclusion ainsi que leur impact tant sur la trajectoire de la violence que sur la résolution du conflit. A ce titre, le contexte malien fait face à une situation historique tout aussi complexe qu’inédite. Les groupes jihadistes renferment dans l’imaginaire collectif, et de manière quasi « organique », l’objet inacceptable, le lieu où aucun pont ne peut être jeté. Cette impossible altérité que légalise la posture d’exclusion au dialogue, entrave l’exploration d’une sortie de crise qui prendrait en compte l’engagement de ces groupes en vue du règlement du conflit. Cette étude organisée en quatre chapitres explore la question de l’inclusivité des groupes jihadistes, à travers plusieurs aspects.

Keywords: Mali, dialogue, jihadistes

Expert Roundtable on Salafi jihadi armed groups: De-escalation trajectories and dialogue engagement...

On December 11, 2019, the Berghof Foundation hosted a confidential expert workshop on “Salafi jihadi armed groups – (De)escalation trajectories and dialogue engagement”, with funding and support by the German Foundation for Peace Research and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. This workshop aimed to discuss findings and policy implications from a two-year research project based on in-depth interviews with experts and practitioners in/on Mali, Syria and Somalia. It also offered a space for peer-exchange and mutual learning between organisations active in the field of dialogue engagement with Salafi-jihadi armed groups, including governments, international organisations and INGOs. Discussions addressed questions such as: What are specific ‘ripeness’ factors and entry-points for dialogue with Islamist armed groups, in order to reduce violence or pave the way for a peaceful political settlement? What is the role of ideology and religious-based dialogue in incentivizing behavioural de-escalation? What strategies are helpful in fostering a conducive environment for engagement, while mitigating spoiling behaviour within the (global) Salafi jihadi scene? What are future options for dialogue engagement by local bridge-builders as well as international third parties? This workshop report summarises the content and outcomes of these discussions.