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Beyond Conflict assists leaders in divided societies struggling with conflict, reconciliation and societal change by facilitating direct contact with individuals who have navigated similar challenges in other settings. Our powerful methodology of shared experience is grounded in two core principles: that people can learn from each other and that people can change. Beyond Conflict fulfills its mission in two ways: through in country programs and through thematic initiatives that address global challenges to peace and reconciliation.
With more than 70 initiatives in 22 countries, Beyond Conflict has brought together senior leaders from more than 70 countries around the world. Through organizing high-level meetings, consultations, conferences and workshops, Beyond Conflict acts as a neutral facilitator and emphasizes the human dimension of conflict. From the fall of communism to the Arab Spring, Beyond Conflict has helped build trust between bitter enemies, cleared the path for peace talks, supported transitions to democracy and promoted national reconciliation following some of the most violent conflicts of recent years.
Beyond Conflict’s most notable accomplishments include: catalyzing the field of transitional justice; helping introduce the truth commission concept in South Africa; and fostering peaceful negotiations and national reconciliation among leaders in Northern Ireland, Central America and the Balkans.