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.

Improving Community Safety in Contested Spaces: A Handbook for Syrian Civil Society Actors (English)


The handbook is designed to help civil society actors in contested spaces and conflict settings provide safety for their communities. It outlines the key principles of the community safety approach and provides practical guidance on how to identify security challenges and how to implement strategies to counter them. The handbook was originally developed for civil society actors in Syria, but it can also be used in other contexts. The handbook is currently also available in Arabic.


Author
Will Bennett
Languages
English
Year
2020
Mediatype
PDF

Dialogue with Salafi jihadi armed groups: Challenges and opportunities for conflict de-escalation


This report was written in the context of the research project “Salafi-Jihadi Armed Groups – (De-)escalation Trajectories and Dialogue Options” conducted by the Berghof Foundation from November 2017 to December 2019. Case study research was carried out on Salafi-jihadi armed groups (SJAGs) in Mali, Somalia and Syria.


Author
Karin Göldner-Ebenthal & Véronique Dudouet, with support from Marie Migeon
Languages
English
Year
2019
Mediatype
PDF

Local Governance in Yemen. Theory, Practice, and Future Options


Over the course of several years, the Berghof Foundation and the Political Development Forum (PDF) have focused on strengthening inclusive local governance in Yemen. This work focuses both at the local level in Hadhramawt and Dhamar and at the national level, to improve inclusivity, relaunch the local political process, and engage a broad range of stakeholders in discussions about the current challenges and potential future shape of local governance arrangements in Yemen.


Author
Joshua Rogers
Year
2019
Mediatype
PDF

Peace Process Support in Times of Crises. The National Dialogue Support Programme in Yemen 2014-16

A Project Report

The National Dialogue Support Programme's aim was to strengthen and protect the political transition process by supporting locally-owned and inclusive structures and mechanisms for political dialogue, informed decision-making and trust- and consensus-building. Yet, at the same time it had to respond to the political dynamics in Yemen which changed dramatically - and at times very quickly- between February 2014 and December 2016.


Author
Oliver Wils and Sonja Neuweiler
Year
2018
Mediatype
PDF

Community Perspectives on Preventing Violent Extremism Lessons learned from the Western Balkans

Research Report

Translations from: Kosovo> - Macedonia>- BiH>


Author
Engjellushe Morina, Beatrix Austin, Tim Jan Roetman & Véronique Dudouet
Languages
English
Year
2019
Mediatype
PDF

The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition


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What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change? These questions are the focus of this comparative study written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. This state-of-the-art volume identifies patterns in political transitions, but is largely unconvinced that these transitions bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure, and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines.


Publisher
Edward Elgar Publishing
Year
2018
Mediatype
Book

Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation. 20 Notions for Theory and Practice

Glossary, 2019 edition

The 2019 edition of the Berghof Glossary revisits the main principles and approaches that we use in our work to supports people and conflict parties around the world. For a second time, our team has embarked on a joint exploration in order to chart a shared understanding of what it takes to create “space(s) for conflict transformation”.


Author
Berghof Foundation (Ed.)
Languages
English
Year
2019
Mediatype
PDF

Price in €
10.00

The Youth Space of Dialogue and Mediation. An Exploration


This exploration decidedly disengages from the prevalent discourses on youth, which are already quite well-covered in literature: ‘they are both troublemakers and peacemakers’ or ‘they are a special and potent category of peace agents, and therefore need to be empowered’. Rather, the focus of this exploration is on existing stories of dialogic and mediative efforts in the youth space, in an attempt to bring to light some insights usually left in the dark, and to stimulate a discourse hitherto absent. This is deemed particularly timely, given the inception of a myriad of initiatives since the adoption of Resolution 2250.


Author
Mir Mubashir and Irena Grizelj
Year
2018
Transformative Approaches to Violent Extremism

Handbook Dialogue Series No. 13 - complete

Dealing with violent extremism (VE) has emerged as a central framework of analysis and policy-making in most Western and non-Western government agencies. It is also heavily shaping the programming of non-governmental agencies, not least due to the availability of related funding lines. While there is an undeniable need to address violent extremism, this latest Berghof Handbook Dialogue takes as one premise that more often than not, analysis and programming to date often fall short in understanding and tackling the root causes of the phenomenon. Our lead article proposes: "Ultimately, addressing VE is fundamentally about conflict transformation, yet CVE/PVE interventions are rarely designed to be transformative."


Author
Beatrix Austin and Hans J. Giessmann (eds.)
Languages
English
Year
2018
Mediatype
PDF

Price in €
7.50

Creating Opportunities To Work With Diasporas In Humanitarian Settings


Diaspora organisations (DOs) are newly recognised actors in the humanitarian space. DOs respond to crises such as those in Syria, Somalia, and Nigeria, which have shown the limitations of the traditional humanitarian sector. Their contributions to emergency response are under-studied and, as our research shows, often misunderstood due to a gap in knowledge about their work. This report contributes to filling this gap. It sets out to understand how DOs contribute to strengthening humanitarian response in crisis settings. We explore opportunities to work with DOs in humanitarian action through six case studies of DOs operating in Somalia and Syria. Fieldwork was conducted in seven remote sites of humanitarian intervention,including in Nigeria, where DO actions are still limited. A context analysis for Nigeria provides an entry point into understanding the potential for DOs to contribute in the northeastern region.


Author
Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination (DEMAC) (ed.)
Languages
English
Year
2018
Changing the past in our heads. A facilitator's guide to listening workshops

Educational & Multimedia

The history of this manual goes back to November 2012, when the Berghof Foundation’s Caucasus Programme gathered young people from Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia to learn how to record biographical interviews and discuss questions of history, memory and conflict. This was the starting point of a process involving Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian stakeholders of war-memorialization: the “Berghof History Dialogue Process”.


Author
Andrea Zemskov-Zuege & Oliver Wolleh (eds.)
Year
2018
Mediatype
PDF

From Power Mediation to Dialogue Support? Assessing the European Union's Capabilities for Multi-Track Diplomacy

Research Report

This paper presents results from the European Union Horizon 2020-funded project “Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding” (WOSCAP). It is one of three cross-country comparative assessments of EU capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding with regards to various thematic 'clusters' of external intervention. The other two comparative studies deal with EU support for security sector reform and decentralisation reform. The empirical contents are primarily based on field research carried out by local partner organisations in Mali, Yemen, Georgia and Ukraine. For more information on the WOSCAP project, see the website http://www.woscap.eu/.


Author
Karin Göldner-Ebenthal & Véronique Dudouet
Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Basics of Dialogue Facilitation

Educational & Multimedia

This small booklet aims at providing some guidance, inspiration and practical tools for those who are engaged in the planning and facilitation of dialogue processes or who are advocating for dialogue as a means for solving conflict. Initially, the publication started out as a handout, sharing insights into setting up and conducting constructive dialogues around contentious issues specifically in contexts of violence-prone conflict. Norbert Ropers, together with numerous insider mediators and external experts, drew it together based on joint decades of experience in accompanying and facilitating such constructive conversations and negotiations. Its audience were first and foremost local practitioners. The "handout" subsequently met with great interest and has been translated into Arabic and in parts into Spanish and Thai. Among the wealth of works on dialogue facilitation and methodology, its simplicity and its focus on working in settings of political and sometimes violence-prone conflict settings have set it apart.


Author
Norbert Ropers,
Publisher
Berghof Foundation
Languages
English
Year
2017
Format
Din A4

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

Promoting Direct and Structural Peace Education in Iran

Peace Education Course - Manual for Trainers (engl.)

The peace education manual is the result of the cooperation between Berghof Foundation and the Tehran Peace Museum as part of the project “Promoting Peace Education in Iran”. It covers the main topics peace and peace education, violence and nonviolence, conflict and conflict transformation as well as global citizenship. Each section includes worksheets, ideas for the course conception and background material. The manual was specifically developed for Iran, but may also be used in other contexts as an introductory course to peace education.


Author
Bauer, Isabella, Isabella M. Bauer, Uli Jäger, Yalda Khosravi, Elaheh Pooyandeh, Fateme Shadi Afrooz
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Format
DINA4

“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

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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Foreign Fighters and Kosovo’s Diaspora: The case of Germany

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State (IS) have attracted thousands of foreign fighters from European countries to join the conflict in the Middle East. A large number of foreign fighters are second and third-generation migrants from the Middle East, North Africa and the Western Balkans. This paper aims to provide some groundwork for research on the radicalisation of immigrants, by investigating why some Kosovar immigrants in Germany have joined violent extremism organisations like IS and Hayat Tahrir al Sham. In particular, the paper identifies some of the consequences of shifting social dynamics and identity formation as the ties between the diaspora community and the country of origin change over time. The paper concludes with a few policy recommendations both to German and Kosovar political authorities on increasing the resilience of Kosovar diaspora living in Germany against radicalisation and violent extremism.

Keywords: Conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Kosovar immigrants in Germany, foreign fighters, Islamic State (IS), Hayat Tahrir al Sham, radicalisation, violent extremism

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2019

In this review of 2019, we want to present a concise picture of our work, using one example from each region to highlight the wide variety of approaches we take to try to transform conflict.

Ein Friedensabkommen allein macht noch keinen Frieden

Dialogprozesse in Kolumbien während und nach dem bewaffneten Konflikt. Wir wollen hier die Erfahrungen teilen, die wir in Rahmen der internationalen Zusammenarbeit bei der Förderung und Schaffung von Räumen für Multi-Stakeholder-Dailoge, also Dialoge zwischen vielen unterschiedlichen Akteuren, in Kolumbien gemacht haben. Aus dem Buch: Mehr Dialog Wagen! Eine Ermutigung für Politik, gesellschaftliche Verständigung und internationale Friedensarbeit

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.