Signing of agreement between UNICEF and Darfur Opposition Movement, JEM, on protection of children in conflict, July 2010 - © Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Mediation Expertise

Providing effective support to mediators can increase the chances of successfully preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts and of sustaining peace after an agreement is signed. HD offers this support by giving mediators access to the latest conflict resolution expertise and experience.

HD’s Mediation Support and Policy (MESU) team is dedicated to enabling HD’s own mediation activities as well as sharing expertise and experience with other mediators, institutions and organisations working in international mediation.

What is HD’s Mediation Support work all about?

HD aims to strengthen the practice of mediation globally by addressing the current practical issues which conflict mediators and negotiators face – at HD or in other institutions and organisations. HD believes that successful mediation is based on effective mediation support, expert advice, a broad collaborative network, informed policy discourse, insightful monitoring and evaluation, ongoing learning and strategic adaptation.

Within HD, the MESU team monitors the progress of the organisation’s projects in order to identify where they can learn from each other or where HD projects can contribute to developments in the wider mediation field. The team also supports the organisation’s mediation projects and the efforts of other third-party mediators by sharing information about the management of peace processes, as well as supporting them with advice, expertise and staff where necessary.

In co-hosting the Oslo Forum, HD offers mediators an opportunity to share experiences to develop more effective approaches to conflict resolution. In addition, HD seeks to develop practical written material which offers succinct and hands-on approaches to tackling some of the issues and dilemmas mediators face in peace processes, and to bolster the capacity of organisations and governments in Africa and Asia to engage in mediation.

Providing support and strengthening mediation practice

The MESU team tracks the progress of HD’s own projects and provides advice and expertise to support its mediation work. The team has developed innovative approaches to Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) in peacemaking. HD implements a peer-to-peer learning approach across its operations, and successfully generates organisational insight and strategic adaptation.

HD believes that in order to be sustainable, peace processes need to be inclusive. HD’s four Inclusion Advisors strengthen the organisation’s approach to inclusion by supporting both HD teams and civil society actors as they build frameworks for broadening participation in peace processes.

Beyond HD, the MESU team provides advice and expertise to other individuals, institutions and organisations involved in mediating armed conflicts. This includes building the capacity of national governments and international organisations to support their own mediation processes. For example, the team has provided extensive support to national dialogue efforts in Yemen and Libya, is assisting the EU Commission’s efforts to support third parties involved in mediation, and developed a mediation handbook series for the African Union.

Mediation and dialogue are the most effective, and cheapest, tools for preventing and resolving armed conflicts. They are the core business of HD, a globally connected private diplomacy organisation that operates discreetly to help conflict parties settle their differences.
Providing effective support to mediators can increase the chances of successfully preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts and of sustaining peace after an agreement is signed. HD offers this support by giving mediators access to the latest conflict resolution expertise and experience.
The Oslo Forum is the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Norwegian Government and HD, the Oslo Forum convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats.
As part of its conflict mediation and dialogue activities, and where political dialogue may be difficult or impossible, HD undertakes mediation on a humanitarian basis. Humanitarian mediation enables the parties in conflict to address key issues, such as safe access and protection of civilians, the special needs of women and children, displaced populations and any affected minority groups.