Dealing with the Past

Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in the aftermath of violent conflict. Research suggests that there is a relationship between the ability to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner and the potential to develop sustainable peace. The swisspeace Dealing with the Past (DwP) Program supports governmental and non-governmental actors in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DwP activities. The program provides a wide range of training opportunities and contributes to the research-policy nexus through its research projects, conferences, publications and teaching.

The biggest project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:

The Archives and Dealing with the Past project provides support to actors in the field of transitional justice and dealing with the past related to the protection, preservation and management of human rights archives. Learn more


Another project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:

The project "Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies” aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace and its components are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

swisspeace, May 2017

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences Award

Julie Bernath was awarded the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences award for her for her published article "Complex Political Victims in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity: Reflections from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal" in the International Journal on Transitional Justice.


swisspeace, 2017

Evaluation of the work with the Truth Commission in Mali

swisspeace evaluated a common project with the AMS regarding their support to the Truth Commission in Mali. The commission cannot start its work until they receive a promised database, thus donors must keep up to their promises if not the whole transitional process is slowed down.


swisspeace, 2017

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (1/2017)

Find the latest information about the activities of swisspeace's Dealing with the Past team in their new  Newsletter. Link / Registration


Mandate for UNDP Albania, 2017

Sigurimi Files in Albania

swisspeace provided support to the UNDP in Albania and consulted them on how to use archives in order to deal with the past.


March, 2017

Police Archives and Dealing with the Past

In the framework of the project “Archives & Dealing with the Past”, funded by the Swiss FDFA, swisspeace organized a workshop for the Colombian Police on international experiences of Police Archives and Dealing with the Past.