Partners

Conciliation Resources supports people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions. We work closely with groups and individuals from all sections of society to ensure that people directly affected by conflict are involved in its resolution.

We believe in working together to build peace.

Partners in the South Caucasus

The independent film production studio Asarkya (which translates as ‘Mirror’ or ‘Reflection’), based in Sukhum/i, was established in 2009 and produces short documentaries and features about aspects of life in Abkhazia, including multiculturalism, civil society and culture.

It also co-operates with correspondents in other parts of Abkhazia, including Gal/i, to build a broader network of amateur filmmakers who cover issues of their choice.

Abrec is a group of filmmakers in Sukhum/i who began to capture snapshot impressions of Abkhazia and its people in 2009. These short films are available online and some are published on Go Group’s Eyewitness site.

AYS was registered as a non-governmental organisation in 2009, after the war in August 2008. It is based in the Akhalgori/Leningor district of South Ossetia and runs extracurricular languages and computer classes for local children from Georgian, Ossetian and mixed families.

AZhA has worked to increase women’s involvement in Abkhazia’s social and political life since 1999. Its resource centre in Sukhum/i provides women with reference materials and consultations on themes such as political participation, leadership, small business development, women’s rights and NGO sector support.

AZhA publishes a monthly newsletter People and Times in close collaboration with correspondents in the regions of eastern Abkhazia, including Gal/i.

Based in Zugdidi in western Georgia where many people displaced by the 1992–93 war now live, Atinati runs projects on education, civil society development and support for socially vulnerable groups. Atinati’s regional radio station broadcasts news, documentaries, debates and entertainment programmes to a wide audience. A key partner in our radio diary series, and a member of the Synergy network, Atinati has worked with Conciliation Resources to produce interactive radio programmes that involve exchange across the conflict divide.

Caucasian House is a cultural and educational organisation based in Tbilisi, which aims to build links and promote tolerance and understanding between Georgia’s broad range of national minority communities. It hosts regular debates where young Georgians discuss issues related to conflict transformation and civic participation.

CIPDD is a Tbilisi-based public policy think tank founded in 1992. It advocates for the development of a vibrant and diverse civil society, effective and accountable public institutions based on the rule of law and an integrated political community that respects and preserves ethnic and religious identities in Georgia.

Its main activities include public policy research that forms the basis for debate – professional, political or public – as well as advocacy, lobbying and training.

CHP is one of our longest standing partners in the Caucasus. When it began in 1994 the Centre focused on physical and psychological rehabilitation for war victims. It soon recognised the need to eliminate the root causes of war and prevent renewed violence, and became actively involved in promoting Georgian–Abkhaz dialogue processes. It also focuses on promoting democratic development and political pluralism, and runs civic education training for young people in Abkhazia.

Go Group, established as an NGO in 2009, promotes wider public debate and awareness of social, economic, cultural and conflict issues in the South Caucasus. Its aims include promoting civic journalism, challenging myths and stereotypes, supporting societies affected by violence to engage with peacebuilding and promoting good governance through better access to information.

Based in Tbilisi, ISNC engages in conflict transformation on Georgia’s conflicts. Through its research into the inter-relationship of nationalism and conflict, the ISNC develops recommendations for government and for discussion within Georgian society.

The ISNC is an independent NGO and long-time partner of Conciliation Resources. It leads and coordinates the Synergy network, and is involved in Georgian–Abkhaz and Georgian–Ossetian civil society dialogue processes, including youth dialogue.

Internews Armenia is a Yerevan-based NGO working since 1995 to promote freedom of expression through training, advocacy and a focus on journalists’ rights. It also aims to raise public awareness of key social and political issues.

Internews Armenia has been central to Conciliation Resources’ Dialogue Through Film project, which has brought young Azerbaijanis and Karabakh Armenians together to make films, jointly and separately, about the conflict.

Internews Azerbaijan has developed comparative learning about conflict through the medium of film for many years, partnering with Internews Armenia to make films about Cyprus, Kosovo and other conflicts. As Conciliation Resources' long-term partner in Azerbaijan, Internews Azerbaijan has put key issues into the public domain in different formats, such as a radio series highlighting the problems of displaced people, and the Dialogue Through Film project.

The youth organisation Pirvelebi was established in 2008 in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Most of its founders are active participants in our Georgian–Abkhaz youth dialogue process.

Pirvelebi runs debates and other outreach activities throughout Georgia to share experiences and perspectives on dialogue processes and conflict transformation with a broad range of active youth, students and young politicians.

This Tbilisi-based journalists’ association, staffed by IDPs, is actively involved in the Synergy network, and coordinates its advocacy working group. Postfactum was a key partner in our South Caucasus Radio Diaries project.

Since 1997 the Society for Humanitarian Research has promoted human rights issues with a special focus on internal displacement. The SHR is closely linked with displaced communities, providing a wide variety of trainings, legal advice and support for displaced persons. It's also the Azerbaijani national coordinator of the South Caucasus Documentary Film festival Nationality: Human.

Conciliation Resources has supported the SHR to implement an outreach programme of the Dialogue Through Film series across Azerbaijan.

SPC has for many years been a centre for media freedom in the unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh. It published the popular independent newspaper Demo between 2004–08, and now publishes the analytical journal Analyticon in Armenian, Russian and English. A key partner in the Dialogue Through Film project, SPC also implements outreach work across Nagorny Karabakh through film screenings and public debates.

Studio Re is a creative television production studio based in Tbilisi. Since 1992 it has produced TV programmes, documentary films and televised discussions on a wide variety of issues important to Georgian society, many of which challenge audiences to reconsider their views about conflicts in the South Caucasus.

Its work is broadcast in Tbilisi and by Georgian regional television stations and has been screened in Sukhum/i, as well as elsewhere in the South Caucasus, Europe and the US.

SYH is at the forefront of educational development in Abkhazia, offering courses to young people including computer studies, music, drama, languages and journalism. It also provides therapy and counseling services to children affected by war.

Our partnership has focused on region-wide play therapy, youth worker training, multiculturalism and community theatre projects since 2000. Members of the youth association DYUNA, which operates under the umbrella of the Youth House, have been actively involved in our youth dialogue project.

The Synergy network consists of over 15 NGOs based in Kutaisi, Potskho-Eteri, Tbilisi, Tskhaltubo and Zugdidi, and working throughout Georgia. It encourages the participation of internally displaced persons in Georgia’s public and political life and aims to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict.

WWV, part of the Zurab Achba Cultural Charitable Centre, encourages youth activism by giving students, teachers and young professionals the opportunity to debate and act on topical social and political issues.

With our support it runs regular discussion clubs and training in Sukhum/i and in the Gal/i region on issues related to conflict transformation and civic activism. The centre is one of our key partners in coordinating our youth dialogue project and related outreach activities.

Partners on Accord

The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) is an NGO think-tank based in Beirut. Its mission is to produce independent, high quality research relevant to policymaking and to promote policy reform through advocacy and raising public awareness. LCPS carries out research and activities on political, economic, and social development issues in Lebanon. LCPS is working with Conciliation Resources on the Accord Lebanon project, to facilitate meetings and other activities, to advise on policy conclusions, and to support advocacy and outreach.

Partners in Colombia

 

Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP) is a private not-for-profit organisation established by the Jesuits in 1972 to contribute to a more human and equitable society through promoting human integral and sustainable development. 

Corporación de Investigacón y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) is a feminist organisation that promotes implementation of human rights, with a special emphasis on economic, social and cultural rights. Their goal is to support democratic, responsible, just, equal and sustainable societies where equality in difference is acknowledged, and conflicts are negotiated with consideration of rights for all. 

Planeta Paz was created in 2000 to give a voice to people’s (grassroots) organisations throughout the country. They have developed a ‘people’s agenda for peace’, with a strong emphasis on perspectives from people in conflict-affected regions. At the same time they promote cross-sectoral communication, bridging social and political gaps in Colombian society. 
 

The INDEPAZ Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that works to encourage a climate of reconciliation, dialogue, non-violence and regard for human life, with respect for social justice, human rights and human dignity.

Partners in East and Central Africa

Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) is an interfaith peacebuilding and conflict transformation organisation formed in 1997 as a proactive response to the conflict in northern Uganda. ARLPI brings together leaders of six different religious sects/denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, Pentecostal, & Seventh Day Adventist) and their respective constituencies.

Jeunesse Unie pour la Protection de l’Environnement et le Developpement Communautaire (JUPEDEC) has a track record of collaboration with UNOCHA, and has supported communities affected by the LRA over the last two years. It is the only organisation in CAR that has networks with communities affected by the LRA. JUPEDEC works with groups and organisations in the LRA-affected areas, including women, to help them deal with the conflict. 

JPC Gulu is a Catholic organisation that builds local practices for peace, justice, news dissemination and good cross-border relations. JPC also works on reconciliation - addressing inter-community fear and mistrust that has kept ethnic groups in Uganda divided for decades. As IDPs have started to return to their homes, JPC Gulu has been training paralegals to work in their communities to resolve disputes relating to land conflicts. JPC is also working with youth in monitoring District implementation of Government funded Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP).

The task force is a network of religious and cultural leaders and representatives from NGOs in the four countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army – Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic – who meet to discuss the conflict, common challenges and approaches.

The Network of Women Organisations of the Uélés (Réseau des Organisations de Femmes des Uélés - ROFU) was established on 20 May 2011, following a workshop run by Conciliation Resources. The network is a platform consisting of seven different women's organisations which was created to involve women in the peace processes and the reconstruction of the basin of the Uélés, in light of UN resolution 1325.

SAIPED is an NGO based in Dungu-Uye, Dungu territory, Haut Uélé district, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Its mission is to promote peace and socioeconomic development for rural communities in Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting, educating and training local leaders to make good decision for their communities.

Totto Chan is a child trauma centre in Juba, South Sudan, with a longstanding link to UNICEF. It has assisted in the return of Ugandan former abductees from Sudan to Uganda and promotes the interests of children and youth in this war-torn region. We are working with Totto Chan to push forward partnership work on community peacebuilding in Sudan and with its Ugandan counterparts on cross-border collaboration.

Partners in Fiji

The Dialogue Fiji initiative was formed in early 2009 by a group of civil society leaders determined to build a dialogue process capable of bringing people from across Fiji’s social and political divides together in dialogue.

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) was set up in 1995, initially to create opportunities for reflection and informed discussion on constitutional matters among Fiji’s citizens. CCF has an extensive programme advocating for, and educating in, multiculturalism, good governance and human rights. Since the 2006 coup the organisation has being working to promote a constructive and inclusive return to democracy.

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is a feminist non-governmental organisation that combines local concerns with a global perspective. FWRM was formed in 1986 by a group of women to encourage institutional reform and attitudinal changes to systemic discrimination against women. FWRM’s activities include: advocacy and lobbying, raising awareness, undertaking research and providing information on issues affecting women. 

The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007. PCP is based in Suva and offers a range of services in areas such as dialogue facilitation, peacebuilding training and conflict analysis and prevention. PCP works with the private and non-governmental sectors, along with government, intergovernmental, regional and international institutions. In recent years PCP has also developed a grassroots peacebuilding and human security programme, focused on rural women based in Fiji’s second largest island, Venua Levu.

Partners in Kashmir

CLD is a platform created by a group of young lawyers working on human rights, justice and peace issues, based in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (on the Indian side).

 

CPDR is a new NGO based in Islamabad and Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (on the Pakistan side), formed by activists to promote fresh perspectives on cross-LoC confidence building and the governance challenges of Kashmir.

The Kargil Development Project has been working in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir on child rights, women’s rights, youth livelihood and education for over 20 years. Thier work has been supported by the European Union, the European Commission and Save the Children. 

The Kashmir Development Foundation exists to empower the voice of the under-represented people and communities in Jammu and Kashmir, and Kashmiri Diaspora worldwide. 

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The Kashmir Initiative Group is a ten-member group of residents of Jammu and Kashmir as also other parts of India and Pakistan with deep commitment to peace and stability in the region. The members, drawn from diverse backgrounds and regions, engage in peacebuilding through informed discussions, research, analysis and articulation. 

KIIR was established in Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and operates out of Islamabad. KIIR works to enhance the capacity of Kashmiri civil society in the areas of reconciliation, negotiation skills and conflict resolution.

SHTM offers students and various stakeholders within India training and development in Tourism and Business Management. SHTM participates in debates at governmental level to formulate cross border trade and tourism policies, rules and regulations. As a key partner on Indian side  the team of experts from the SHTM coordinate work on cross LoC trade, facilitate economic and peacebuilding aims through various initiatives and help to develop confidence building measures in the region. 

The Jammu & Kashmir Joint Chamber of CommerceI was formed in 2008 and reconstituted in 2011. It includes ten major business and traders associations and seven Chambers and Federations of Industries from both sides of the LoC. The strengthening of trade between the two sides of the Line of Control is an important means of contributing to the unofficial peacebuilding process and to breaking down divisions between the two sides

Partners in the Philippines

BMFI conducts peacebuilding and development work in the rural areas of Mindanao through partnerships with civil society organisations, local government units, government agencies and other sectors. The focus of its work is towards the building of a Mindanao, which is truly a home (balay) for its three peoples – the Moros, the Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) and the settlers. BMFI also acts as the mediator and Independent Secretariat of the peace process between the Government and the RPM-M, a Mindanao-based revolutionary group.

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society’s primary goal is to unify and consolidate the Bangsamoro civil society organisations for collective action toward social and human transformation. The Consortium envisions a society governed by justice where all peoples exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, to co-exist harmoniously and to live in prosperity with dignity. Its mission is to empower the Bangsamoro towards peace based on justice and development while promoting human dignity.

MCW was established by Mindanao women leaders in 2001 as a non-governmental organisation. Its mission is to influence public policy and public opinion. It advocates for a Mindanao peace and development agenda from women’s perspectives. Area Core Groups across Mindanao give MCW the ability to influence local, Mindanao and national issues. The Mothers for Peace movement is its grassroots base.

Mindanao Peace Weavers is a convergence of seven networks of peace advocates, which includes NGOs, academics, religious groups, human rights groups, people’s organisations and grassroots communities. These networks work towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao. They seek to engage government and revolutionary armed groups in the formal peace talks, implement civilian-led ceasefire monitoring and broaden the peace constituency. 

Nisa Ul Haqq is a Bangsamoro women's group that uses Islamic teaching as a framework for women's and men´s empowerment towards engagement in international, national, regional and local levels, for the promotion of women's human rights, sustainable development, and peaceful co-existence of tribes, of religions, of nations, and of women and men. Some of their members are actively engaged in the peace negotiations in Mindanao.

REPUSM of the University of Sains Malaysia in Penang (Malaysia) envisions itself as a centre of excellence in the study of human conflict and peaceful living. It aims to actively contribute to the promotion of peace through its research, education and training programs. REPUSM also hosts the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network.

Sulong CARHRIHL is a network that monitors the Government’s and the Maoist rebels' compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which the two parties signed in 1998. The primary activities are education and advocacy. Sulong also hopes to support and sustain the peace process, and provide additional avenues for constructive dialogue, including Philippine civil society. 

TLWOI is a federation of 35 community-based women's organisations of indigenous peoples in the province of Maguindanao.

 

WE Act 1325 is a network of women’s groups and peace organisations that led the consultations towards the formulation of the National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Their current focus is on implementing the NAP.
 

Partners in West Africa

This Liberian NGO works to promote democratic dialogue in public policy making; to building Civil Society and Media capacity in holding government accountable; campaigns for citizens economic and social rights; and builds private sector capacity, with emphasis on informal sector development.
 

This Guinean NGO works on community development, human rights, security and small arms. ABC Development works with local communities, engaging local political leadership to influence change for peace and development. The organisation works with the security forces, community-based organisations and political actors for change.

IREDD, previously the Liberia Democratic Institute, works with indigenous communities and structures around the issue of good governance and advocacy. Their aim is to link communities to the overall governance framework and engender a culture of local participation in policy development and implementation.
 

The Sierra Leone Chapter of MARWOPNET, works with a network of women in different professional backgrounds who together advocate and campaign for the rights and space of women at all levels of the country’s development. MARWOPNET is known for its role in advocating and was involved in the negotiations for peace settlement in 1999 and in 2002. MARWOPNET in Sierra Leone works together with the network chapters in other countries such as Liberia and Guinea.

SLANSA is a non-partisan, non-profit coalition formally established in 2001 to promote and develop human security of Sierra Leone citizens and the people of West Africa in general. SLANSA works on youth and local governance in Sierra Leone.

We Own TV is a collaborative media/theatre organisation, which promotes self-expression by giving ex-combatants and survivors the filmmaking and editing skills they’ll need to share their ideas, stories and experiences with the world. We Own TV focuses on providing youth with alternative opportunities for life. It also uses media and theatre to advocate for change on specific issues such as gender and human rights, HIV, the environment, and political tolerance.

CENCAD is an NGO based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which promotes reconciliation, peacebuilding, accountable and participatory governance and human development by enhancing support for and contributions to community, local, national and sub-regional processes and capacities.

UK and international partners and networks

The AfP is a US-based coalition of diverse organisations and professionals working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Conciliation Resources is a member.

Bond is a network of UK based NGOs working in international development. It seeks to foster greater collaboration amongst UK based NGOs and has more than 350 members. Conciliation Resources is particularly active in the Bond Conflict Policy Group.

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) is home to a range of interconnected programmes that promote the advancement of peace processes, research and learning. CPCS creates opportunities for practitioners, students, academics and analysts to access information and resources that are contextually grounded; and supports people in country and conflict situations through network support mechanisms and consultancy services.

EPLO is the platform for European NGOs, networks and think-tanks active in the field of peacebuilding, who share an interest in promoting sustainable peacebuilding policies among decision-makers in the EU.

The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) is an international forum for political dialogue between countries affected by conflict and fragility, their international partners, and civil society. Together they seek to identify, agree upon and implement effective ways to support transitions from conflict and fragility to peaceful and resilient states. 

Conciliation Resources is a member of the Mediation Support Network (MSN), a small, global network of primarily non-governmental organisations that support mediation in peace negotiations. MSN strives to promote and improve mediation practice, processes and standards to address political tensions and armed conflict

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We worked with them on the EU-funded joint project People’s Peacemaking Perspectives between October 2010 and May 2012, and are currently collaborating on the Capacities for Peace (C4P) project, which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected contexts.

People's Peacemaking Perspective project: www.c-r.org/PPP

West Africa

CEPAN is an NGO that was was established in February 2004 in response to the plethora of violent sectarian conflicts in Nigeria. The organization works to strengthen the values of peace, cultural and religious harmony among the diverse people of Nigeria through a broad spectrum of community-based peace building and people-oriented development activities. CEPAN and Conciliation Resources are working together on youth reintegration work in central Nigeria. 

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