International peacebuilding

In the midst of complex and escalating international conflicts, we see refugee populations on the rise, lives lost, and resources at risk.

By cultivating a sense of shared humanity, dialogue creates a foundation for relationships, sustainable coexistence, and a more resilient community. A pragmatic but hopeful approach to peacebuilding depends on acknowledging that while differences are inevitable, demonization and violence are not.

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Liberia's civil war resulted in widespread social and economid devastation. A partnership formed to help female ex-combatants heal and thrive in their communities.
Amidst escalating religious violence, Christian and Muslim leaders embraced interfaith dialogue in northern Nigeria.

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  • Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna
  • The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation, Philippines
  • Great Lakes Teachers' Conference, Burundi
  • International Community Foundation Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue
  • Interfaith Mediation Centre, Nigeria
  • Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Network for Peace Through Dialogue
  • St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London
  • Taos Institute Tavistock Clinic, London
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • WorldBoston
  • Before, I thought all dialogue that does not culminate in solution was considered equivalent to failure. Now I see that dialogue is a stage complete in itself.

    Workshop Participant, Burundi
  • Together, we married our ideas to create a dialogue model that took into consideration our young people’s particular needs, and our culture.

    Belle Abaya, The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation
  • As a former rebel, I believe that if we had known about dialogue, perhaps we would not have had a civil war.”

    Windor Dorko, Liberia
  • Through this training, we will have more people in the stream of work that we do and become better equipped with the know-how, skills and techniques. But most important, together we will sow a seed that will germinate and become a source of the antidote to terrorism, fanaticism, bigotry and extremism.

    Imam Sani Isah
  • I realized that by using the “dialogue” approach, people could talk of what is deep in their heart, especially things that have harmed them. 

    Etionette Nshirmirimana, Burundian Master Trainer
  • This has been quite different from other discussions in Liberia about peace. While many processes have been about how to reform ex-combatants, this was about how we may hold our own views but live together peacefully.

    Matthew Sandikie, Project Partner, Liberia
  • Authentic conversations will lead people to reflect on their own thinking and transform their perspectives to include that of others.

    Belle Abaya, The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation
  • This is a new idea, so many people speaking from their hearts. People can come together...if people can understand, they can change their hearts; then this can bring about more change.

    Project Partner, Interfaith Mediation Centre
  • I learned that I can build relationships, that I can be connected to anybody who I want to be connected to, no matter how difficult it is

    Romeo McCauley, Project Partner, Liberia
  • What is special about Public Conversations' approach is that it promotes authenticity, reduces defensiveness, increases curiosity and boosts connectedness.

    Belle Abaya, The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation