We seek to enable stakeholders to transform effectively the dynamics and structures of violent conflict so they can build a lasting and just peace in their societies through non-violent means.
In our view, the causes and effects of violent conflict are connected in circular and reciprocal ways creating complex systems of interaction that shift and change over time. It demands innovation and creativity to understand better and transform these patterns of interaction and the relational dynamics between conflict actors.
- We advocate applied systemic thinking. This guides all of our conflict transformation practices and allows us to bring fresh and new approaches to our work.
- We seek to position our activities so that we play a valuable complementary role to the efforts of other actors – local and international, governmental and non-governmental.
- Above all, we aim to make an effective response to the global challenges presented by violent conflict.
What we stand for
We take a principled approach to conflict transformation.
- Our work is guided by the values of non-violence and respect for human rights. We encourage political solutions to violent conflict and promote freedom for all people.
- We respect local ownership. This means helping to build local capacities for mediation, dialogue and problem solving in order to foster a sustainable peace.
- We believe in inclusivity – the necessity to engage with all relevant stakeholders and actors in a conflict. We do so in a constructive, multi-partial and empathetic manner.
- We value confidentiality and transparency, always striving for a credible balance between the two, especially on sensitive issues. In this, we are fully accountable to our partners and funders.
- We commit ourselves to a long-term practical engagement.