Peace mediators assist warring parties in finding lasting solutions at the negotiation table. As such, mediation has become an increasingly prominent way for dealing with protracted and often violent conflicts.
Mediation is a complex political endeavor that requires patience and perseverance. Mediators work in teams and rely upon professional support structures. For that reason, many mediation actors (such as the United Nations, the African Union or Switzerland) have set up their own mediation support units that help their mediators to be as effective as possible.

Latest Activities and Publications

Mandate for the European External Action Service, 2014-2018

Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation Support for EEAS

In consortium with the Berghof Foundation, ESSEC-IRENE, mediatEUr and CITpax, swisspeace has been awarded a framework contract to provide external expertise and support to the European External Action Service - EEAS. For the next 4 years, swisspeace will be supporting their work on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation.

18-22 August 2014

IGAD Mediators Course on Mediation in Uganda

swisspeace's Mediation team supported the first IGAD Mediators Course in Uganda as one of the main course instructors. Link.

Eleven, 24 August 2014

Lack of women involved in peace process ‘prevents them from becoming empowered’

Article by Eleven, primary news media in Myanmar, on swisspeace Catalyzing Reflection "Looking at the Current Peace Process in Myanmar through a Gender Lens”, written by Salai Isaac Khen and Muk Yin Haung Nyoi. Link.

15 July 2014

Debate Series on the Role of Normative Frameworks in Mediation: Gender

Second round of the newly initiated debate series on the role of norms in mediation processes. This time the debate highlighted the role of gender in mediation practice, featuring experts Susanne Gentz and Annemarie Sancar.

22-26 June 2014

Conference on Inclusive Peacemaking

swisspeace expert Rachel Gasser participated in a conference on inclusive peacemaking in Washington, D.C.