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BERGHOF NEWS

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Dear friends, partners, and colleagues,  
 
Many of the countries we operate in suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change. And peacebuilders need to adapt to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to opportunities and consequences of a digitalised world. That’s just to name a few of the current issues in our field.
 
In our recently published book entitled 50 years of Conflict Transformation, as well as in our strategic plan, we aspire to show that Berghof is ready to confront the major challenges of our times. 

But of course, we can’t do this alone. We immensely appreciate the support of our partners and backers, and we actively seek wider and deeper collaboration in the months to come.  

On behalf of all of us at Berghof, I wish you a healthy and peaceful 2022 and look forward to working with you.

The Berghof Team
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HIGHLIGHTS

Our work in Yemen: climate change and community safety
 
Yemen has been trapped in a cycle of violence since the start of the war in 2015 and its citizens have consequently suffered from the lack of basic infrastructures. To combat this and support actors working on community safety, we launched a resource hub in conjunction with the Political Development Forum. The hub offers training manuals and bundles information and resources on community safety.
 
Read more about the resource hub.
 
Additionally, we released a publication on the link between climate change and conflict in Hadhramawt and Al Mahra. With climate change having an impact on the conflict in Yemen and exacerbating already existing tension and suffering, it's important to acknowledge the need for climate reparations in order for Yemenis to be given a fair chance at peace.
 
Visit the publication and the summary on the issue.

Politics of transformation of non-state armed groups

Together with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DDR Section), we recorded a series of interviews on the political transformation of non-state armed groups.

In these videos, former combatants from Aceh, Colombia, Kosovo, Mali, Nepal and Sudan share their stories about personal and collective transformation from warfare to political activism. Each clip provides unique insights into the challenges they had to endure as well as their hopes for the future, specifically emphasising the gendered component of transitioning into peaceful political engagement.

Watch the entire series.

Three ways how peacebuilding efforts can be more gender-inclusive

Despite it being twenty years after the launch of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the need for gender mainstreaming and the inclusion of women still holds to be true. Gender-inclusive programming could address the underlying structural causes and factors of gender inequality as well as provide a more nuanced perspective to certain conflicts.

Read our recommendations for gender inclusion within peacebuilding.

Peace education for children

Children have questions about war and conflict, but there is little age-appropriate information online. We created the website frieden-fragen.de (in German) to answer the most difficult questions, based on facts and values such as non-violence, peacefulness, and human rights. With your donation, we can continue to provide this information to kids and could even implement a chat function on the website.

Please consider donating here.

Watch our 50th anniversary events online

We are continuing our 50th event series and are currently planning exciting events related to the Caucasus region and Somalia. As we plan ahead, you can look back at our past events on conflict transformation trends and challenges around the world. If you missed an event, we invite you to scroll through our playlist. Here are our latest videos:

Knowledge for a complex world. Rethinking the roles of peace research and peace education.

Protest movements in the Arab world. Opportunities, challenges and prospects in the protest movements in Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan.

Making peace with climate. Panel discussion on water crises.

Beyond Men. Challenging gendered dynamics of conflict transformation.

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are currently looking for a Junior HR Administrator as a full time position in our Berlin office. We are also looking for a HR Working Student and Junior Communications Manager in our Berlin office as both part-time positions.

See all our open vacancies and tenders.

PUBLICATIONS

50 years of conflict transformation

In honour of our 50th anniversary, we took a moment to reflect and look back at what we achieved in half a century of peacebuilding work. The result is a testimony of our work that spans over 50 years and 130 pages. It presents individual stories and interviews from the frontlines of our work: from our support to the German peace movement in the early years to our dialogue support work on the local and national level. The book also offers a look ahead by presenting some of our new focal areas that we hold to be key issues of the global context.

Read the book.

Asking my sisters

Female ex-combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – Bangsamoro Women’s Auxiliary Brigade and their daughters in Mindanao share their stories from the region’s post-conflict reconciliation process. The booklet features exchanges between two generations of women to support the Bangsamoro community in healing from their traumas, and inspire reconciliation processes that address the experiences of women and young people.

Read the booklet and watch the accompanying video here.

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