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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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HD brokers landmark social media peace agreement in central Nigeria

JOS, NIGERIA – JULY 19, 2021 – As part of its growing efforts to limit hostile social media use in conflict zones around the world, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) has brokered a landmark accord among three ethnic communities in central Nigeria to tackle online hate speech, images of violence and misinformation at their […]
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Release of the 2020 annual report

HD achieved strong results in 2020 – including breakthrough accords in Libya – despite the many challenges to peacemaking from COVID-19. Check out our annual report to learn more about HD’s activities and progress in helping to build the path to stability and development through more than 50 projects in major conflict zones around the […]
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Business expert Andrienne d’Arenberg joins HD Centre’s board as Dr Jakob Kellenberger departs after nine years

GENEVA – JULY 2, 2021 – Enhancing its innovative approaches to conflict mediation and peacemaking, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) welcomes business expert and community builder Andrienne d’Arenberg to its foundation board. The appointment of d’Arenberg, an executive in residence at Oxford Saïd Business School and a former head of the World Economic Forum […]
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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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