Regions and Partners
Currently we are cooperating with partner organisations in four regions: on the Western Balkans in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia; in the Middle East in Palestine and Israel; in South Asia in Nepal and in Southeast Asia in Myanmar.
The consequences of the Balkan wars can still be clearly felt in the societies of the successor states of former Yugoslavia. Rapprochement and the re-building of trust within and between the societies remain difficult. Particularly problematic are one-sided interpretations of history and the rejection of responsibility on each own side. In many areas of life, such as in schools, ethnic separation prevails. There is little room for encounters across ethnic / national boundaries.
The official peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are stagnating. Frustration about this is on the rise and bears a high risk for new escalations of violence. At the same time, on both sides civil society groups are active for an end of occupation and a just peace, with nonviolent means.
Eight years after the end of the armed conflict, the Nepalese society is still deeply divided. The promotion of a peaceful and constructive coexistence, the protection of human and minority rights, as well as a comprehensive and critical dealing with the past are among the most fundamental challenges on Nepal’s road ahead. A range of civil society actors are working towards these ends with great dedication. The recent earthquake has devastated the country but could also bring people together.
The democratisation and transition process in Myanmar, which has been kept isolated and under authoritarian rule for decades, remains fragile. While civil society is organising itself using the newly available political space, it does not yet have sufficient capacity and appropriate access to adequately respond to peace negotiations or the limited political openings and ensure their demands are met. In particular, the participation of women does not, or only to a limited extent, exist. Moreover, Myanmar’s society is highly fragmented and the politicization of religious, ethnic, or other differences continues to lead to social tensions. Thereby lacking are approaches and methods of civil and nonviolent conflict transformation.