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 Berghof Foundation. The Berghof Foundation has been given a new structure and organisational setting – merging our manifold operational competences in conflict research, peace support and peace education, being complemented with targeted grant-making that draws upon the traditional philanthropic funding provided by the Zundel family to further nurture peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Currently we are working hard to develop our new joint homepage. Within the coming weeks and months the content from our old homepages (Berghof Foundation.de, Conflict Research, Peace Support, Friedenspaedagogik.de and Berghof Handbook) will be transferred to our new homepage Berghof Foundation.org. The existing homepages will remain available during this transition period, until all the information has been made accessible on the new site. Please be informed that some information and content on the old websites may already have become outmoded, since those will not be updated anymore. We apologize for any inconvenience.
With great sadness we announce that our dear friend and member of the Advisory Board of Berghof Peace Support, Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, has died following severe injuries sustained in a car accident in Kenya, in which her husband and their driver were immediately killed. Our heartfelt condolences go to the couple’s four children, and the many colleagues who are left behind.
We mourn the loss of an outstanding woman who enriched and inspired the peacebuilding field for over two decades with her ideas, initiative, wisdom, creativity and persistence. Born into a Muslim Somali family in the Northeast of Kenya, she encountered early on the challenges of ethnic and religious conflicts. She became a key leader of the Wajir peace initiative and ensured its future viability by helping to establish the Wajir Peace Committee. This model of a sustained, inclusive and comprehensive effort to transform the dangers of unleashed tribalism became the starting point for many similar initiatives, in Africa and beyond. Dekha herself became an inspiring model of an “Insider Mediator”, combining the wisdom of African conflict resolution with her knowledge and insights from many peacebuilding engagements around the world.
What inspired many of us particularly in peace research as well as in the peacebuilding community was her soft, humble, imaginative and nonetheless determined approach to take our field of work forward. We will miss her dearly.
The Russian translation of our project activities in the Southern Caucasus has been released.
The Spanish translations of our project activities in Bolivia and Guatemala have been launched.
As of June, BPS presents itself, its programmes and activities, as well as its services and publications in a new structure and design.