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

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.


Human Security Division of the FDFA, 2017

Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Together with the Colombian Center for Historical Memory, swisspeace organized a workshop for the future Special Jurisdiction for Peace in view of planning their records management.


Human Security Division of the FDFA, 2016-2017

Archives for transitional justice in Colombia

The project has been supported the Colombian Attorney General’s Office regarding the archives relevant for transitional justice. In this framework, swisspeace has conducted several visits and has provided advice.


Human Security Division of the FDFA, 2016-2017

Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia

swisspeace supported the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia in the handling of archives. swisspeace was accompanied by international archivist Trudy Huskamp and held several workshops.