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Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD) is a consortium consisting of five German organizations working in the area of peace mediation and mediation support. The objective of IMSD is to increase and disseminate expertise on peace mediation and mediation support within staff of the German Federal Foreign Office and other central decision-makers. Thus, the work of the consortium aims to ultimately contribute to strengthening peace mediation as a tool in German foreign policy.

The initiative has been collaborating with the German Federal Foreign Office since 2013. This cooperation has resulted in measures to support capacity building and increase awareness through trainings and fact sheets as well as various professional exchange formats such as international conferences and internal consultancies.

In 2018, CSSP coordinates IMSD activities and can be reached under imsd-koordination(at)cssp-mediation.org.

The Organizations

The members of IMSD are:

Berghof Foundation

Berghof Foundation

The Berghof Foundation was founded 40 years ago as an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization. It supports conflict stakeholders and other actors in their efforts to achieve political and social change and sustainable peace through peacebuilding, peace education and conflict transformation.

The focus of the five regional (Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Latin America and MENA) and three thematic programs is on support for dialogue processes, negotiation and mediation in conflict regions. The Berghof Foundation also provides negotiating teams, civil society organizations as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations with direct support and consulting services.

The Berghof Foundation has its headquarters in Berlin, with branch offices in Tübingen, Bangkok and Sana'a. Its dedicated international team works closely with partners in conflict and crisis regions. The work of the Berghof Foundation is supported by an international Board of Trustees.

Contact: Luxshi Vimalarajah, Program Director, Dialogue, Mediation and Peace Support Structures

Website: www.berghof-foundation.org; Berghof Mediation Programme

Center for Peace Mediation (CPM)

Center for Peace Mediation an der Europa-Universität Viadrina

As an independent, practice-oriented research institution the Center for Peace Mediation explores and supports the practice of peace mediation to enable it to be more effective, reflective and responsible.

The Center’s research seeks to identify constructive ways to deal with the dilemmas and limitations of peace mediation. In its teaching, training and consultancy for diplomats, decision-makers and civil society actors the Center interlinks methods, ethics and legal dimensions of peace mediation. Founded in 2007 the Center is an integrated part of the Institute for Conflict Management at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

Contact: Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, Co-Director Center for Peace Mediation

Website: www.peacemediation.de / www.ikm.europa-uni.de

CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation

CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation

CSSP develops and implements multi-track political mediation processes in transition and conflict regions, in cooperation with partners in the respective countries. In particular, the organization supports politicians, political bodies with a multi-ethnic constitution as well as civil society stakeholders in dealing with and transforming conflicts through dialogue, confidence-building measures and negotiations.

The non-profit organization with its headquarters in Berlin was established in 2005 as a “Lessons Learned” project emerging out of Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling’s work as an international mediator in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-2004). Since then, the organization has been engaged in mediation, mediation support and political dialogue and empowerment activities in Egypt, Tunisia, Nepal, the South Caucasus as well as in the Western Balkan region and in Eastern Europe.

Contact: Christoph Lüttmann, Integrative Mediator, External Relations 

Website: www.cssp-mediation.org

inmedio berlin - institut für mediation, beratung, entwicklung

inmedio berlin - institut für mediation, beratung, entwicklung

inmedio berlin is a consulting institute that supports people in conflict situations, proliferates mediation and civil conflict management activities and promotes processes of dialogue and reconciliation. Since 1998 inmedio has been carrying out mediation and mediation training activities, not only for companies and non-profit organizations, but also for stakeholders in development cooperation and peacebuilding. inmedio is involved in building and supporting local mediator pools and dialogue projects in places such as Nepal, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya and the South Caucasus, as well as mediation projects involving war refugees from Syria and the Western Balkan region.

Contact: Dirk Splinter / Ljubjana Wüstehube, Co-Directors

Website: www.inmedio.de/peace

Center for International Peace Operations

Center for International Peace Operations

Whether Human Rights Officer for the UN in South Sudan, Political Advisor of EU Missions in Afghanistan or Election Expert in Haiti – the Center for International Peace Operations (Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze - ZIF) is Germany’s central point of contact for civilian staff involved in international peace operations and election monitoring missions. On behalf of the Federal Government and the Bundestag, we recruit, train and refer expert civilian personnel.

In the area of crisis prevention, which includes mediation, ZIF offers training courses, facilitates dialogue processes and provides its expertise in developing and maintaining expert rosters of qualified personnel.

Contact: Sebastian Dworack, Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

Website: www.zif-berlin.org