Trusted. Neutral. Independent. Connected. Effective.

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.

Latest Updates

New toolkit offers social media insights to conflict mediators

GENEVA – APRIL 1, 2022 – As digital dimensions reshape the scope and intensity of violent conflicts, a new toolkit helps peacemakers to analyse social media activities and better understand how these insights can complement dialogue and mediation efforts. The clear and practical guide – developed by Build Up in partnership with the Centre for […]
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HD brokers peace accord over water, other resources in North Central Nigeria

BENUE, NIGERIA – FEBRUARY 22, 2022 – With the commitment to end decades of intercommunal violence over water and land in North Central Nigeria, more than 20 clans from the Agatu community today signed a peace agreement on the sharing of resources that also covers free movement in the area and the safe return of […]
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Ambassador Pierre Vimont elected Chair of HD Board

GENEVA – Dec 14, 2021 – Ambassador Pierre Vimont of France has been elected Chair of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s foundation board, returning to the role after three years to help guide HD’s innovative work on mediation and peacemaking in more than 50 conflict zones around the world. Ambassador Vimont’s appointment follows the departure of […]
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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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Media

Update

HD brokers peace accord over water, other resources in North Central Nigeria

22.02.22
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Publications

A Social Media Analysis Toolkit for Mediators and Peacebuilders

30.11.21
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Publications

Mediation Practice Series – Gender-inclusive Peacemaking

11.11.21
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Update

Agro-pastoral mediation in the Sahel

21.09.21
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