Dialogue

Dialogue is an essential part of addressing conflict and building peace. We create opportunities for divided groups to come together, discuss the issues affecting them and develop solutions.

Conflict generates practical and emotional divisions within and between societies. It creates environments where there are extremely limited opportunities to meet with the ‘other side’, and where negative stereotypes and enemy images thrive. In the absence of communication and exchange, adversarial narratives about the root causes of conflict are allowed to flourish.

    Peacebuilding dialogue in Uganda
    Our response

    We connect divided groups who would not normally meet – providing a safe space for them to air their views and communicate with each other. This could be young people, community leaders or politicians. It could be people in power, or without it. Such meetings help them to understand each other’s grievances, so they can deal with the past and move forwards. When well crafted, over time dialogue builds trust and relationships, breaks down barriers and helps dispel negative perceptions of the other side. 

    Tewor District DPD facilitate dialogue with community members in Camp 3, Liberia ©Conciliation Resources/IREDD

    The District Platform for Dialogue came in at a time of need…they told us that we are all one despite the Ebola invasion. The relationship between us and the surrounding communities is more cordial than before the Ebola.

    Mohammed T Sawaray, Deputy Town Chief of Camp Three, one of the Liberian border regions worst hit by the Ebola epidemic:
    Liberia
    Read about dialogue in the aftermath of Ebola

    Our work in action

    We bring people from different sides of a conflict together, to share their experiences, hear other perspectives and work together to develop solutions.