What we do

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

to prevent, mitigate and resolve armed conflicts,

through dialogue and mediation.

{:en}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.{:}{:fr}La médiation et le dialogue constituent les outils les plus efficaces et les moins coûteux pour prévenir et résoudre les conflits armés. Ils sont au cœur de l’action de HD, organisation de diplomatie privée qui, grâce à des réseaux de contacts dans le monde entier, œuvre en toute discrétion pour aider les belligérants à régler leurs différends.{:}

{:en}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.{:}{:fr}Appuyer efficacement le travail des médiateurs permet d’augmenter les chances de prévenir, atténuer et résoudre les conflits, mais aussi de maintenir la paix une fois qu’un accord a été signé. HD soutient les acteurs de la médiation en leur donnant accès à une expertise de pointe ainsi qu’aux expériences les plus récentes en matière de résolution des conflits.{:}

{:en}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.{:}{:fr}Le Forum d’Oslo est une série de rencontres informelles réunissant des médiateurs internationaux, hauts responsables politiques et autres acteurs des processus de paix. Le Forum leur offre un cadre discret et informel pour mener une réflexion sur les pratiques actuelles de la médiation, travailler ensemble au-delà des divergences institutionnelles et de points de vue, et faire progresser leurs négociations.{:}

{:en}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.{:}{:fr}Dans le cadre de ses activités de médiation, lorsque le dialogue politique se révèle difficile, voire impossible, HD entreprend des initiatives à vocation humanitaire. La médiation humanitaire permet aux belligérants d’aborder des problèmes majeurs tels que la protection des populations civiles et leur accès à l’assistance humanitaire, les besoins particuliers des femmes et des enfants, la question des personnes déplacées et celle des minorités affectées par le conflit.{:}

Where we work

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.


{:en}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.{:}{:fr}Le Centre pour le dialogue humanitaire (HD) est une organisation de diplomatie privée basée en Suisse et fondée sur les principes d’humanité, d’impartialité et d’indépendance. Sa mission est d’aider à prévenir, atténuer et résoudre les conflits armés par le biais du dialogue et de la médiation.{:}

Foundation Board

{:en}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. {:}{:fr}HD est une fondation suisse à but non lucratif dont les activités sont supervisées par un Conseil de fondation qui définit la mission et la politique générale de l’organisation. Le Conseil supervise également le développement ainsi que l’administration et la mise en œuvre du programme d’activités de l’organisation, tel que conduits par les membres dirigeants et leur équipe.{:}


{:en}HD’s team has grown from a small group of 6 people in 1999 to more than 140 from over 40 different nationalities today, supervised by a 10 member Senior Management Team. The organisation is made up of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who find creative approaches to “getting things done” and are dedicated to making a difference in peace and mediation efforts. {:}{:fr}Composée d’un petit groupe de six personnes en 1999, l’équipe de HD compte aujourd’hui plus de 140 collaborateurs issus de 40 nationalités différentes, qui travaillent sous la supervision de 10 cadres dirigeants. L’organisation regroupe des individus animés par le sens de leur mission, qui recherchent des méthodes créatives pour “faire avancer les choses” et tiennent à contribuer aux efforts de paix et de médiation. {:}

Latest updates

Conclusions of Libyan National Conference Process released

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) released the final report of the consultative phase of the Libyan National Conference Process (NCP) today. The document summarises the findings of the 77 public consultations carried out over a period of four months in 2018 with more than 7’000 Libyans across the country and abroad on the future of their nation.

The report highlights areas of consensus and national priority as well as the main cleavages in the country and potential areas for compromise. It will form the foundation of the final National Conference event to be organised in early 2019.

The document addresses key issues such as the unification of Libyan institutions and of the military and security apparatus; the fair distribution of Libya’s national resources; the structure of government and questions of decentralisation; as well as the next steps for the electoral and constitutional processes. It encompasses the opinions and views of the Libyan people, and provides recommendations on the way forward for Libya.

The NCP, launched in early April 2018, represents an integral part of the United Nations’ (UN) Action Plan for Libya. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Ghassan Salamé, heralded the report, saying that “the principles it outlines can be the building blocks of a national deal to help bring Libya out of its current crisis”. In his speech to the United Nations Security Council on 8 November, he added that the final session of the National Conference will “build on and develop the contributions of the thousands of Libyans who participated in the 77 preparatory meetings held throughout the country and abroad”.

The public consultations took place peacefully with Libyans from all parts of society between April and July 2018 in over 40 locations across Libya, as well as with diaspora groups living abroad. More than 7’000 Libyans contributed their views during these meetings or through an online survey, making the NCP the first truly inclusive and national dialogue process to have taken place in Libya since 2011. The process also allowed groups hitherto excluded from discussions about their nation’s future and efforts to resolve the crisis, to share their views.

“This report is the result of dedication and strong public engagement from Libyans from all parts of society. We have tried to be loyal to their contributions, deserving of their trust, and faithful to their vision for their nation.” said David Harland, HD’s Executive Director.

HD was mandated by SRSG Salamé in early 2018 to carry out the country-wide consultation process. Its work on the NCP was also made possible thanks to the support of the European Union (EU) and Germany.

Ambassador Alan Bugeja, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Libya, said: ”We are inspired by the thousands of Libyans who took part in this process. Their voices must be heard to complete the Libyan transition through democratic elections and towards an inclusive political system. The European Union is proud to have made possible this unprecedented opportunity for Libyan people to exercise their citizenship.” He also looked forward to “all member states and the broader international community referring to the report in their further support of Libya” and stressed that “the EU will remain a major partner to the Libyan people in their quest to build a more stable and prosperous future”.

The final report of the NCP’s consultative phase is available in Arabic and English on both the NCP’s official website, and HD’s website:


For further information or media queries, please contact Mr Felix Tusa, by email : tusa@hdcentre.org,  or by phone: +216 23 282 346 / +41 79 593 1764.

For more information in Arabic on the NCP process, please visit the NCP’s official website: www.multaqawatani.ly