Mediation has become a very prominent way of dealing with protracted and violent conflicts. swisspeace supports mediators and conflict parties in gaining knowledge and skills for effective dialogue and negotiations with the aim to make peace processes more legitimate. Therefore, the Mediation Program undertakes research, provides expert support such as workshop and concept development, and conducts trainings on strategy development, skills training or one-on-one coaching including for the United Nations, the EU and the FDFA.

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

The Mediation Support Project (MSP) helps the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Political Division IV) building its mediation capacity. The MSP is a joint venture between swisspeace and the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

Julia Palmiano Federer, Rachel Gasser, 2016

International Peace Mediation and Gender: Bridging the Divide

BPC Policy Brief. Download.

November 2016

Facilitation, Mediation and Dialogue Training in Nepal

The Centre for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich (CSS) and swisspeace organized, under the framework of the Mediation Support Project (MSP), a five-days training for facilitators in Nepal. The ‘Facilitation, Mediation and Dialogue Training for Young Facilitators’ aimed at preparing a new generation of facilitators within the Nepal Transition to Peace-Institute (NTTP-I) for their future role in facilitating dialogues between conflict parties on all levels of society in Nepal.

GICHD, swisspeace, 2016

Report: Mine action and peace mediation

The report explores the extent to which the two communities of practice could overcome the tendency of working in isolation and benefit from one another. Download.

27 october 2016

KOFF roundtable on Colombia

The discussion with Luis Guillermo (CINEP), Luz Estella (COLEMAD), and Ricardo (Sembrando Paz) was very positive  and constructive, with faith that something will move forward in Colombia and that the current situation offers the opportunity to redicuss what kind of peace the country needs.

21 October 2016

Conference about civilian crisis prevention

David Lanz spoke at a conference in Berlin organized by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group about civilian crisis prevention. The conference is part of a process within the German government to develop guidelines for strengthening Germany’s role in conflict prevention, including mediation.