Dealing with the Past is a great challenge in countries that have experienced violent conflict or dictatorships. Human rights violations must be addressed if a peace process is to be effective. swisspeace shows how to make such processes sustainable and context specific.
The involvement of a third party in an armed conflict can play an important role in order to facilitate a dialog between conflict parties and to identify ways for a sustainable, peaceful coexistence. swisspeace accompanies and advises mediators in peace processes and provides training in mediation techniques and skills.
Peacebuilding interventions are effective when they are thoroughly adapted to the existing context and avoid unintentional negative side effects. swisspeace helps organizations to develop conflict-sensitive and effective country strategies.
State building processes and conflicts mutually interact. swisspeace conducts research on state practices in conflict contexts in order to understand how new forms of statehood emerge as a result of negotiation processes between local, national and international actors.