Signing of agreement between two local leaders Sahel region - 2013, © Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

What we do

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s (HD) mission is

to prevent, mitigate and resolve armed conflicts,

through dialogue and mediation.

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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.

Where we work

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For almost two decades, HD has supported peaceful settlements around the world. The organisation is currently involved in more than 40 dialogue and mediation initiatives in over 25 countries.

Who we are

HD is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation

founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence.

About

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.

Foundation Board

As a Swiss non profit Foundation, HD is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team and staff.

Staff

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Latest updates

MILF to convene Bangsamoro youth for a peace conference from 12-13 January 2017, in Davao City, Philippines

140 youth leaders and representatives from conflict-affected areas in the Bangsamoro region will attend a two-day conference on ‘The Role of the Bangsamoro Youth in the Pursuit of Peace in Mindanao’ from 12 to 13 January 2017 in Davao City, Philippines.

The event has been organised by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel (MILF Peace Panel) with assistance from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and funding support from the European Union (EU). Youth leaders from various organisations and local universities as well as young professionals are expected to participate.

Participants will discuss the Bangsamoro peace process and the role of young people in helping to build sustainable peace in Mindanao. The issues of radicalization and violent extremism, which have been affecting the region, will also be addressed during the conference. Senior representatives from the two main Moro liberation fronts will speak on the response of their respective organisations to the rise of radicalism. The event will also feature lectures on Islam and violent extremism, as well as study circles and the screening of a film on the history of Islam in the Philippines. 

The conference is being convened by the MILF Peace Panel as part of its efforts to encourage young people in the Bangsamoro region to make a greater contribution to achieving peace in Mindanao, and to raise awareness around the issues of radicalization and violent extremism.

HD has been assisting efforts to promote greater inclusivity in the Mindanao peace process since 2015, with continued support from the European Union.

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For more information on the conference, please write to pr@hdcentre.org or contact Ms Iona Jalijali via phone on +63 9176377232.