In 2017, the theme of The Commonwealth is 'a peacebuilding Commonwealth'. Conciliation Resources supports peacebuilding across the Commonwealth by hosting Commonwealth Fellows - mid-career professionals from Commonwealth countries. Fellowship visits to the UK support them to enhance their knowledge and skills, and use these to have a positive impact on their communities.
For the past six years, the fellowship has brought together Kashmiris from both the Indian and Pakistani administered regions of Kashmir. This creates a space for discussion and often profound transformation of the Fellows’ approach to, and understanding of, the conflict.
Thematic fellowships – focused on specific issues such as tourism and peacebuilding, human security and natural disasters and conflict – have allowed Fellows to explore particular areas of interest. Fellows go on to use the skills, understanding and new approaches in their work upon returning to Kashmir to meaningfully contribute to building peace.