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BERGHOF NEWS

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Dear friends, partners and colleagues,

As the world watched events unfold in the last couple of weeks in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Lebanon, we continued our efforts to support peaceful negotiations and to find non-violent ways out of conflict.

In the light of these developments and the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we urge all stakeholders to encourage and prioritise dialogue. Below you will find a joint statement we have issued with other peacebuilding organizations to make this point.

In this newsletter, we also share with you our annual report 2020, which provides an overview of our work and impact around the world, and news about a partnership to bring together actors working on the important topic of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.

Best wishes,

The Berghof team
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HIGHLIGHTS

20 years 9/11 - High time to take a stand for dialogue
 
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are calling on policymakers to rethink Europe’s ‘counter-terrorism’ strategy and prioritise dialogue. For the past two decades governments have focused on ending terror through force and security strategies. Together with six other peace organisations, we are now urging the EU to change its course and prioritise engagement and dialogue to offer a way out of violence.

Find our joint statement on our website.

Agreement on Transitional Hub

Transitional justice and reconciliation are key components of promoting sustainable peace. We are hence delighted to partner with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to establish a Transitional Justice Hub in Germany to deepen our cutting-edge work on dealing with the past. The Hub will promote exchange, dialogue and research on topics such as remembrance, good governance, trauma healing, and social cohesion in post-conflict settings – both within Germany and beyond.

Read more about the agreement.

Conflict Transformation in 2020

Last year, we continued to work in over 45 settings to change the world for the better through constructive conflict transformation.

Throughout the global pandemic, our staff and partners demonstrated a remarkable level of flexibility and creativity to find new ways to reach people in conflict and to support them in engaging in dialogue – despite numerous setbacks. In 2020, we saw fighting breaking out in Ethiopia; a surge of targeted killings in Yemen and Afghanistan; and colleagues in Lebanon being injured by the explosion in Beirut’s harbor. Our team members in Nagorno-Karabakh had to flee their homes during heavy fighting but then – showing extraordinary resilience and commitment – re-started their work within days, thereby helping to deescalate tensions and calls for revenge. We are extremely grateful to all our staff and partners for continuing their vital work despite these tremendous challenges.

Click here to read more about the support we provided worldwide.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Event: Peace education meets religion

Join the virtual launch of our ‘Peace Education meets Religion’ manual and an interactive introductory workshop on 23 September 2021. Aiming to support the efforts of faith-based multipliers, the Berghof Foundation and partners developed and piloted this manual for practitioners over the past two years.

Register for the event here.

Human Rights Film Festival

We will be partnering, once again, with the Human Rights Film Festival in Berlin. Next to showing exciting films, the festival invites inspirational guests such as Aya Chebbi, Ece Temelkuran and Graeme Smith to discuss storytelling in the context of human rights. 

On 18 September, our colleagues Victoria Cochrane-Buchmüller will participate in a Q&A on the film “Night Will Fall” that discusses the topics of justice for genocide and the way in which it’s reported. Watch the livestream.

On 22 September, Berghof’s Executive Director Andrew Gilmour will speak in a panel discussion on the impacts of the climate crisis and how we can tackle its impacts on conflict.  

If you’d like to attend the film festival, please pre-register.

Silbersalz

We will also be participating in this year’s Silbersalz festival. Andrew Gilmour will discuss in a panel discussion on the film ‘School of Hope’, taking place 18 September, impact of climate change on education and how those with the lowest carbon footprint end up paying the biggest price.

Learn more about the festival and register.

Peace Education Training Course

Our online course ‘Transformative peace education’ provides you with theoretical basics as well as insights into proven methods from the Berghof Foundation’s peace education practice in Germany and abroad. The course takes place on 20-22 October and 3-5 November 2021.

You can still register until 6 October here.

Join our team  

We are currently looking for an Assistant to the Executive Office and an Events Manager in our Berlin office. There are also two open tenders in our Yemen projects.

See all our open vacancies and tenders.
BERGHOF IN THE MEDIA

New alliances against climate conflicts

Recently, Andrew Gilmour published an article with Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The article reflects on the ways in which the climate crisis is threatening peace and the necessity of climate research, peace communities and the federal government working together to present solutions.

Read the article (in German).

Latest from Afghanistan

As the world watched the recent developments in Afghanistan, our experts have been interviewed by different media outlets: Deutsche Welle invited Andrew Gilmour to speak about Taliban’s victory is shaping the future of Afghanistan (watch the talk). Hans-Joachim Giessmann provided information on the rapid developments i.e. at Tagesthemen and the Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Basir Feda, head of the project, gave his analysis on the interconnectivity between climate and conflict in Afghanistan.

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