The HD Centre: 28 agreements in three years
Mediation and dialogue are two of the most effective, and cheapest, tools for preventing and resolving armed conflicts. They comprise the core business of the HD Centre, a globally connected private diplomacy organisation that operates discreetly to help conflict parties settle their differences.
Why is the HD Centre needed?
After two decades of expanding peace, the world is experiencing an upswing in violent conflict. Conflict feeds the cycle of poverty, disease and refugee flows, and creates ungoverned spaces that enable terrorism and international crime to thrive.
We can reverse this trend. We know what the drivers of conflict are, and which tools work best to address them. We invest in those instruments that are measurably effective, and are committed to mobilise quickly to help contain outbreaks of conflict and work towards a wider, lasting peace.
The HD Centre is an experienced and entrepreneurial team. It enjoys access to decision makers, influential actors and conflict parties, and draws on a formidable global network of experts to support dialogue processes. Conflict parties know we have no hidden agenda, and trust us for our discretion. Our low-profile approach allows us to engage in situations where official actors (for example outside governments or intergovernmental organisations) cannot. Crucially, we can react quickly and flexibly to crises, and take more calculated risks than large organisations.
Wars, uprisings, contested election outcomes, violent political transitions - every situation is unique. We strive to find innovative solutions appropriate to each context. In some cases, we mediate directly between the main protagonists, providing a confidential space for them to explore options for a negotiated settlement. Other times, we facilitate broader dialogues with a range of actors - civil society, national and community leaders, and others.
Our track record
For 15 years, the HD Centre has shepherded settlements in many countries. In the last three years alone, we have facilitated 28 peace and violence-reduction agreements. We are currently involved in around 35 projects and in over 20 countries.
Concretely, some recent successes have included:
Signing of the Philippines Framework Agreement, Oct. 2012Watch video >