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6. 1. 2012
The new Berghof Foundation
As of 2012 the former Berghof Conflict Research, Berghof Peace Support and Insitute for Peace Education Tübingen (ift) have merged together as part of the…
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17. 10. 2011
Supporting Peace in the Basque Country
As part of its peace support activities in the Basque Country, the Berghof Foundation has co-sponsored the convening of an international conference to promote the…
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31. 8. 2011
New book on “Theory and Practice of Systemic Conflict Transformation” released
We are pleased to announce the publication of our book “The Non-Linearity of Peace Processes – Theory and…
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Who We Are

Introduction

Berghof Peace Support (BPS) is an independent non-governmental organisation with a team of conflict transformation practitioners dedicated to supporting just and sustainable solutions to violent conflict throughout the world.

We offer mediation services, dialogue facilitation, problem solving and negotiation support. We provide advice, technical assistance and capacity building on a wide range of topics relevant to peacebuilding.

Two factors distinguish our approach: a systemic approach to peacebuilding and a commitment to reflective practice.

The BPS team, with the headquarters in Berlin– Germany, is complemented by an international network of senior-level associates in different regions of the world.

 

History

Established in 2004 as a sister organisation to Berghof Conflict Research (BCR), our work is designed to make a practical, hands-on contribution to transforming violent conflict. The complementary, but distinct nature of the work of these two organisations offers a genuine advantage. Together, we produce a dynamic synergy that enables novel possibilities for both better understanding and more effectively transforming violent conflict.

Where BPS offers practical experience in the field, BCR supports and develops this work from a research-oriented perspective. The ongoing exchange of expertise is readily facilitated by our shared office space in Berlin.

Initial impetus for BPS grew out of the experiences of the Sri Lanka Project. First undertaken and coordinated by BCR, this project provided inspiration to apply key insights from these experiences to other conflict zones. However, the decision to expand these practice-based activities to new regions moved beyond BCR’s primary sphere of work and therefore required a new managing entity.

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