Statement of Intent of Complementarity for Independent Mediation Support Organisations
As representatives of organisations mediating conflicts or advising parties in a negotiation setting, we agree on the following standards and action points in order that our collective efforts should make the maximum possible contribution to peace and stability wherever we work. We are aware that conflict resolution is a complex endeavour. Multiple engagements in the same conflict are often beneficial, and even essential. But without appropriate communication among peace practitioners, they can also confuse and diminish our common effort. Adherence to this statement of intent will help to maximise our combined impact and minimise risks of duplication or contradiction. This Statement is a living document which we will revisit annually and update, as needed. We encourage other actors to adopt this Statement and signal commitment to the working practices and action points below.
In our relationship with each other, we will:
1. Communicate during planning of peace initiatives to map and coordinate respective activities;
2. Share information and analysis, while respecting confidentiality;
3. Actively explore opportunities to work collaboratively and support each other’s conflict resolution efforts;
4. Contribute jointly to the improvement of mediation practice by;
- sharing our positive and negative experiences;
- strengthening mediators’ networks;
- influencing development of relevant policy, including through joint advocacy.
We will continue meeting once a year at the level of Executive Director/Senior Manager to:
1. Discuss developments within our organisations, including where we work, on what and based on what vision of change;
2. Share concerns, lessons, insights derived from our work;
3. Review and, if needed, update these working practices with a view to developing standards.
When our organisations engage in the same peace process, in order to ensure our endeavours are mutually reinforcing we (Executive Directors) will:
1. Contact each other bilaterally to:
- Discuss our analysis of and engagement in a given context;
- Clarify what each organisation is working on for a perspective on the risks and potential benefits of engaging in the same space;
- Resolve misunderstandings that may arise;
- Explore possibilities of coordination, division of labour within the same setting and possible sequencing of our respective engagements;
- Seek the support of a third person/organisation, should both parties agree, to resolve misunderstandings.
2. Encourage our staff to also share analysis, discuss comparative advantages of each organisation, and avoid duplication;
3. When opportunities arise, we will invite each other to observe our operational activities and internal reflections;
4. Encourage coherence and effective division of labour among donors in the field.
We challenge the status quo to find creative approaches to addressing violent conflict. We believe in working collaboratively, over the long-term. By working together, we can make peace possible.
With our courageous partners, and the vital support of our donors, we are helping people living with conflict to reduce and prevent violence in their communities. And we are guiding countries that have suffered decades of war, on to the path to peace.