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HD mediates between governments, non-state armed groups and opposition parties to reduce conflict, limit the human suffering caused by war and develop opportunities for peaceful settlements.

Since 1999, HD has facilitated scores of peace and conflict management agreements by working discreetly beyond the frontiers of traditional diplomacy, engaging parties that can be hard to reach and addressing sensitive issues.

As a non-profit based in Switzerland, HD helps to build the path to stability and development for people, communities and countries through more than 50 peacemaking projects around the world.

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The Oscars: Relentless memories of Srebrenica’s misery

David Harland, HD’s executive director, recalls his investigation of the atrocities in Bosnia and highlights the lessons that have yet to be fully learned. Few films capture the true human horror of war. As a contender for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars, Jasmila Žbanić’s gut-wrenching masterpiece Quo Vadis, Aida? does that and more. […]
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HD bolsters digital conflict programme with launch of experts group on social media and peace agreements

GENEVA – APRIL 21, 2021 – Enhancing its tools and analysis to address the digital dimensions of conflict, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) has set up a high-level experts group to increase cross-sector understanding and collaboration around social media and peace agreements. “As a field, mediation has not kept pace with the digital age. […]
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Joint declaration of the delegations of the State of Senegal and the Provisional Committee of the MFDC

A delegation from the State of Senegal and a delegation from the Provisional Committee of the Unified Political and Combatant Wings of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) met in Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde, on April 8 and 9, 2021. With the aim of reaching peace in Casamance and in the presence […]
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Where we work

What we do

Mediation and dialogue

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.

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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.

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Humanitarian Mediation

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 to and protection of civilians.

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Oslo Forum     

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.

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Libyan Parliament approves new Government of National Unity

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Peacemaking, the Law of Armed Conflict, and Territories Effectively Controlled by Armed Non-State Actors

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UNSCR 1325 at 20: Reflections on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

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