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Course: National Dialogue & Peace Mediation (Berghof Foundation)

When: 8 – 12 May 2023

Where: Basel, Switzerland

Apply by: 15 March 2023

The course 'National Dialogue and Peace Mediation' by Berghof Foundation - in collaboration with Swiss Peace and the University of Basel - shows how to design and implement effective national dialogues during or after peace mediation processes. Today’s peace processes are highly complex, as currently seen in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Peace mediation and national dialogues are widely recognized as two relevant avenues for the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Peace mediation processes are assisted negotiation processes, often with limited participation and a focus on questions of power-sharing. National dialogues, in contrast, aim to provide a space to discuss a broader range of issues relevant to the wider society, expand participation beyond political and military elites and (re)build relations among different actors. Nevertheless, the two concepts are closely interlinked as national dialogues can be set up before, during or after peace mediation processes.

– Get insights into how to define, design and support National Dialogues;

– refresh your competences in mediation and relate them to National Dialogue processes;

– discuss questions of participation and representation in National Dialogues;

– reflect on lessons learned from past National Dialogue processes;

– exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.


Click here to register for the course. 

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