Papers

Selected in-depth contributions to the fields we work on, written by Berghof staff and invited affiliates, partners and guest researchers.

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 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 >

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Legal Assessment of the Local Authority System in Yemen and Proposals for Development

Local Governance In Yemen: Challenges And Opportunities

Local Governance In Yemen: Challenges And Opportunities

Local Governance: Engine for Stability in Yemen

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Local Governance in Yemen:Challenges and Opportunities

The Importance of Local Governance in Strengthening and Supporting the Political Process in Yemen

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Local Governance in Yemen:Challenges and Opportunities

Local Revenue and Resource Allocation

Local Governance in Yemen:Challenges and Opportunities

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. Theircontributions 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.

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, andtherefore need to be empowered’. Rather, the focus of this exploration is on existingstories 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 myriadof initiatives since the adoption of Resolution 2250.

La Conférence d’Entente Nationale: Mise en œuvre et leçons apprises pour le dialogue national au...

Manuel sur le Dialogue National. Étude de Cas

Depuis de nombreuses années, la problématique du dialogue national se trouve au cœur des débats socio-politiques au Mali. En effet, la crise profonde qui a été révélée par les événements du 21 mars 2012 a ébranlé le tissu social et le vivre ensemble et fragilisé l’Etat et ses institutions. Le dialogue national est alors réapparu comme une nécessité absolue afin de permettre à tous les enfants de la nation de se retrouver et se concerter sur le nouveau contrat social qui doit lier les maliennes et les maliens. Pour sortir de la crise actuelle, l’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation issu du processus d’Alger, signé le 15 mai et le 20 juin 2015 à Bamako a proposé l’ouverture d’une série d’espaces et d’initiatives de dialogue dont la tenue d’une Conférence d’Entente Nationale (CEN). Cette étude présente une analyse systématique centrée sur les résultats de la CEN de mars 2017.

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."

Introduction

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 13 - introduction

Berghof Handbook Dialogue No. 13 looks more deeply at what it takes to formulate transformative approaches to violent extremism. The lead article by Mohammed Abu-Nimer puts a call for interreligious peacebuilding centre-stage, which takes seriously and truly integrates the perspective of actors otherwise often defined as part of the problem. Respondents from a variety of backgrounds will, over the months to come, discuss these propositions. They will shed light on systemic contexts, the role of identity and gender, practice-oriented work with youth and regional contexts such as the Western Balkans and the MENA region.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom, Transforming Current Practices: A Gendered Lens on PVE

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 13 - comment

In responding to Abu-Nimer’s framing article, this paper offers points of agreement and difference in an effort to deepen our collective understanding of the phenomenon of violent extremism and the responses needed to enable effective transformation. It does so first by offering a conceptual shift to move beyond limitations of the current terminology and discourse. Second, it provides an overview of the relevance of identity to VE with particular attention to the centrality of gender to the ideology, recruitment and action of violent extremists, as well as the importance of women in particular in countering, preventing and providing clear alternatives to such groups. In doing so, it challenges Abu-Nimer’s assertion that the inclusion of women is often externally driven and that they are thus being instrumentalised.