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The Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD) is an expert network consisting of five German organisations in the field of peace mediation and mediation support. The initiative aims at strengthening and further developing the instruments of peace mediation and mediation support as an essential part of the German foreign policy. To this end, the initiative works closely with the Federal Foreign Office and other key decision-makers, such as members of the German Bundestag. Upon the request of these partners, it contributes at the operational level to capacity building, awareness raising and professional and strategic exchange.

 

 

News

IMSD Panel on multi-track mediation of the European Union

25.09.2020

As part of  the German Presidency of the Council of the EU's Conference on "Mediation as a key CFSP instrument", the IMSD organized on 11 September 2020 a panel on "Multi-track EU mediation - Voices from the field on opportunities & challenges". The high-level event brought together EU ambassadors, Mediation Focal Points of EU Member States and selected representatives of peace mediation organizations.

The discussion was enriched with concrete experiences from the field on EU mediation engagement ranging from Serbia and Kosovo to the South Caucasus and Somalia. Participants exchanged views on current approaches and challenges of peace mediation as part of the EU's foreign policy instrument. The importance of coordinating mediation efforts at different levels of society in order to enable a coherent, efficient and sustainable approach was emphasised. In particular, cooperation with civil society actors should also be intensified. In doing so, local resources and the potential of CSDP instruments could be used to a greater extent.

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IMSD invited to the subcommittee of the German Bundestag on Civil Crisis Prevention, Conflict Transformation and Comprehensive Approach

31.03.2020

How can Germany further develop its capacities in the field of peace mediation? Where are gaps and what can be improved? These among other questions were discussed between representatives of the Federal Government and experts from the fields of practice and research on 9th March in the German Bundestag at the meeting of the subcommittee on Civil Crisis Prevention, Conflict Transformation and Comprehensive Approach. Dr. Anne Holper from the Center for Peace Mediation and Christoph Lüttmann from CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation represented the IMSD and highlighted the main points of the joint statement of the five member organisations on those questions. Heike Thiele, Director for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Stabilisation, at the Federal Foreign Office, Dr. Julian Bergmann from the German Development Institute and Dr. Thomas Held from the German Foundation for Peace Research also took part in the discussion.

Joint statement in German here.

Summary of the meeting in German here.

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The Federal Foreign Office presents peace mediation framework

20.06.2019

The Federal Foreign Office presented its approach to peace mediation in Berlin on 14th June. The document is available for download here.

You can find further information on peace mediation and mediation support activities by the Federal Foreign Office here.

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New IMSD factsheets out now:

17.06.2019

More factsheets are available under Resources.

 

 

Background Information

The IMSD has been collaborating with the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) since 2013. This cooperation has resulted in measures for capacity building and awareness-raising (e.g. tailor-made training courses and fact sheets) as well as formats for professional exchange such as international conferences and Federal Government consultations.

A number of key elements of the founding objectives of the IMSD have now been achieved through the joint activities and peace mediation has been established conceptually and institutionally in the FFO. This included a.o. the development of the "Peace Mediation Concept" and the establishment of a Peace Mediation Team within the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Prevention Stabilisation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. As a result, the activities and contributions of the initiative are now geared to specific needs, for example, tailor-made training, process consulting, commentaries on current issues or expert contributions to support parliamentary work in the field of peace mediation.

 

 

The Organizations

The members of IMSD are:

Berghof Foundation

Berghof Foundation

The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation supporting people in conflict in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace through conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Even in the midst of destruction, social and political conflict can develop forces of positive change, when people engage with each other constructively and together seek inclusive and peaceful ways to address the grievances and issues that divide them.

We bring people in conflict together. We enable and support learning processes that inspire the development of new perspectives, relationships and behaviour, thus opening possibilities for addressing conflict and finding ways of living together peacefully.

We work with conflict parties, as well as governmental agencies and other likeminded partners. We rely on a broad range of tools, including mediation and dialogue facilitation as well as capacity building measures such as training and peace education. In addition, we conduct research to ground our work in a solid understanding both of the conflict contexts and conflict transformation methods

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: Alischa Kugel, Deputy Head, Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

Website: www.zif-berlin.org