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

RadioChico, 24 April 2016

Comprehensive Peacebuilding for the 21st Century

Interview with Mathias Zeller in the weekly broadcast program on world peace by RadioChico. Link.

Julia Palmiano Federer, 2016

Philippines 2016: The Bangsamoro Peace Process Beyond May

Ballots & Bullets, School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham. Blog contribution. Link.

14 April 2016

Junior Diplomat Initiative's Youth Dialogue 2016

swisspeace co-facilitated a workshop on international peace mediation organized by the Junior Diplomat Initiative JDI Switzerland at the Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. Link.

Project with the GICHD, 2016

Research on mine action and peace mediation

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and swisspeace have implemented a research project on mine action and its integration into ceasefire and peace agreements. Project details.

Sara Hellmüller, 2016

Connections for peace: Frictions in peacebuilding encounters in Ituri (DR Congo)

In: Peacebuilding and Friction: Global and Local Encounters in Post Conflict-Societies, 2016, edited by Annika Björkdahl, Kristine Höglund, Gearoid Millar, Jair van der Lijn and Willemijn Verkoren, London and New York: Routledge.